What do you expect from a Clinical Trial Supply Optimization solution?

Unlike a simple forecasting tool, where the expectation is to have an IMP packaging release plan to cover the average demand, you usually start working with a supply optimization software solution to help you to:

  • reduce the trial supply costs
  • minimize drug waste
  • mitigate risk.

Yes, using a clinical trial supply optimization software allows you to achieve all of the above but there are also some unexpected, surprising benefits that have been reported back by our clients and that we would like to share with you.

Top surprising benefits

#1: It’s not just about cost savings.

#2: Optimization results go beyond IMP supply plans

#3: Optimization helps planning on a portfolio level

#4: Process improvement happens thanks to clinical trial supply optimization

#5: It’s not only the Clinical Trial Supplies group who benefits. 

Implementing clinical trial supply optimization increases cross department collaboration and also allows teams to assess their decisions on site and patient-centricity of their plans.

With N-SIDE solution, CT-FAST, many different scenarios can be tested in advance of making final decisions about the trial design. By starting the collaboration early, and optimizing during protocol design, different teams can learn the impact of their decisions on the study parameters such as cost, risk and overage. For example, being able to compare the impact of a kit design decision, whether to include 3, 4 or 5 doses per kit, enabled the CTS team, clinical team and packaging team to collaborate on finding the best solution based on the specificities on the trial while keeping the patient experience in mind.

Beyond cross department collaboration, CT-FAST can also help in decision making that will have an effect on site and patient-centricity. For example, different trial supply strategies will result in different number of site shipments and inventories. Optimization results forecast these measures and allow decisions to be taken so that outcomes will be manageable by the site. Additionally, questions such as changes in number and size of kits dispensed to the patient per visit and how often the patient will need to travel to the site can be investigated so that teams can select feasible strategies that help maintain patient-centricity of the trial design.

Supply Optimization goes beyond optimizing supplies

When deciding to start using clinical trial supply optimization, it is important to assess the types of results you can expect. Using a software such as N-SIDE solution,CT-FAST, which is based on state of the art advanced analytics permits accurate modeling all of the trial complexity and investigating many different What-If scenarios. Working with optimization results have helped our clients to shift out of firefighting mode and to start to collaborate earlier with other teams using quantified results.

Contact us today for a demo of CT-FAST so you can discover the full range of benefits of using clinical trial optimization.

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