New ways to recruit patients in drug trials needed, report says

01/17/2013 | Pharmalot.com · PharmaTimes (U.K.)

While about 89% of clinical trials meet their enrollment goals, 48% of trial sites miss enrollment and timeline goals, according to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. About 90% of drugmakers and research organizations use conventional methods such as physician referrals and mass media advertising to enroll participants, and only about 14% use social media, online data mining and EHRs to recruit participants. "The emergence of open innovation models, where scientists worldwide openly share knowledge, and novel partnerships and alliances hold significant promise to transform the nature, pace, and cost of new drug development," said Kenneth Kaitin, the center's research director.

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