Increasingly complex clinical trials are demanding a modernized approach from supply partners and better collaboration with the sponsors. Interactive Response Technology (IRT) systems have been a powerful, and practical tool for optimizing a drug’s progress to launch and simplify the clinical trial management.

Bringing a drug through clinical studies and bringing it into the market is incredibly expensive. Just the data management side of a clinical trial usually accounts for about 30% of the total cost factoring in the procedural, site monitoring, and staff time. An effective IRT system can significantly reduce this cost while simultaneously ensuring the integrity of captured data.

Leveraging the capabilities of IRT to maximize efficiency

From a global perspective, the most challenging aspect of a clinical trial is to manage the distribution of trial Supplies between investigation sites, sponsors, warehouses, and other stakeholder organizations.

With an IRT system, you can manage this complexity by configuring it to know where martial types can be used and positioning trial supplies at the right place, in the right quantities, and at the right time. This is accomplished by setting system parameters based on understanding the clinical supply chain and the study requirements.

However, just adding any IRT system to a clinical trial does not guarantee efficiency. The IRT system should ensure efficiency and cost-effectiveness by considering the factors of the trial complexity, the number of material types, label languages, countries, and dosing schedules. IRT system must be able to forecast demand, Monitor expiry, configure the right size resupply shipments, and prevent site stock-outs and reduce wasting Supplies at the same time.

Most beneficial features on an IRT:

A good IRT should be able to handle any complex study from Umbrella, basket, adaptive, and Triple arm studies with the precision of managing randomization techniques and the supplies Management with equal ease.

Subject Management: This functionality lets a user register patients and records information about their site visit. Patients can also be randomized and assigned a treatment arm, all while keeping the patient’s identities blinded. IRT can be programmed to customize with the trial’s unique randomization algorithm.

Supply Chain Management: IRT systems can be used to control the inventory of a study drug and dispense it to patients. Advanced IRT systems can manage complex dispensing protocols and calculate doses. It can predict when you will be running low on a study drug based on patient enrollment rates. You can also track the shipment when it is in transit and monitor temperature changes that may damage the shipment.

Documentation and Reporting: The IRT system allows real-time documentation and Clinical Study representatives can have access to automated system reports for any information about the trial.

In addition to the above functionalities, SyMetric’s IRT/IWRS Platform provides an in-built Clinical Trial Management system that includes, in-built Dynamic Randomization procedure, Organization Sites Master and Centralized System to Manage User Identities and Access that gives Role-Based Authorizations. It helps you bring together clinical sites, study medications, and patients – increasing the efficiency of inventory management and therefore bringing cost savings throughout the trial – benefiting sponsors and ultimately, the end patient. From Supplies Planning, to Conducting a Trial, Regulatory Submissions, and Launch, we are happy to be your partner in Digital Transformation with state-of-the-art Innovative solutions that provide real-time data analytics.