Every clinical trial begins with the packaging, labeling, and dispensing of clinical supplies, whether the trial involves a medication, a device, or both. Without clinical supplies, there can be no study.
Given this importance, why then do clinical supply operations still take so long and cost so much? Many companies have attempted to solve these issues, with little success. RxE2, however, has created a first-of-its-kind business model that moves the packaging, labeling, and dispensing of clinical supplies much closer to the patient, by performing these clinical supply operations at a central-fill pharmacy that is licensed in all 50 states.
In addition to saving time and money through the elimination of distribution steps and clinical supply waste, the E2 Dispensing model can also serve as the perfect platform to drive decentralized clinical trials forward.
E2 Counseling starts with the Clinical Trials Research Pharmacist (CTRP®), an RxE2 certified pharmacist who is trained specifically in clinical research. RxE2 incorporates the services of the CTRP to address the study quality issues of adherence, compliance and retention.
The trained and certified CTRP medication expert dispenses the medication to the patient and then counsels the patient either face-to-face or via telepharmacy. The CTRP first asks open-ended questions to address the questions and concerns of the patient and, most importantly, to understand what the patient knows about their condition, the clinical trial, expectations; their hopes, their fears; etc. The pharmacist then discusses the correct use of the medication, proper storage, and the importance of staying on therapy which includes how to make the taking of their medication fit into each patient’s lifestyle. Lastly, the CTRP ensures the patient has access to them or another pharmacist 24/7.
E2 Counseling starts with the Clinical Trials Research Pharmacist™ (CTRP®), an RxE2-certified pharmacist who is trained specifically in clinical research. RxE2 incorporates the services of the CTRP to address the study quality issues of adherence, compliance and retention.
CTRPs are able to dispense medication directly to patients and provide patient counseling, either face-to-face or via telepharmacy. When talking with patients, CTRPs use open-ended questions to address patient concerns and gauge patient understanding of and compliance with the study protocol. In previous studies, CTRPs have helped correct patient behaviors regarding a multitude of critical compliance issues, including proper dosage, storage, usage of prohibited concomitant medications, and many others. Importantly, CTRPs are also directly available to patients by phone 24/7, ensuring that patients always have access, day or night, to expert assistance for any of their trial questions, no matter how small.
Recruiting patients into clinical trials requires the trust of the patient and personalized, one-on-one interactions between the recruiter and the patient. These requirements may explain why technology has, as yet, been unable to overcome this major hurdle to shortening clinical trial timelines.
The E2 Recruitment model uses trained pharmacists, with their already existing, long-term, patient relationships, to steer potential candidates into clinical trials. After all, who better to recruit patients than the pharmacist, the most trusted medication expert?
RxE2’s unique E2 Recruitment services do more than use technology and data to enroll patients: they add a human touch from trusted medication experts. By using local, independent pharmacies in all corners of the US and the world, RxE2 not only establishes a strong foundation upon which clinical researchers can conduct decentralized trials, but also allows the 85% of the population who have never participated in a clinical trial the chance to get involved.