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A Day in the Life of a CRA during COVID-19: An interview with Raquel Telfer

Raquel Telfer, Senior Clinical Research Associate at Rho, has been in the clinical research industry for over 10 years. She is currently working on a cystic fibrosis study and travels throughout the country monitoring clinical sites to ensure testing and data integrity. Raquel speaks candidly about her experience as a CRA, provides examples of how the clinical landscape is evolving for CRAs and patients, and how she finds energy and inspiration during these unsettling times.

Heather Kopetski
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Statistical Guidance for COVID-19 Impacted Trials

Clinical trials conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic have been impacted by public health measures to control the virus. In June, the FDA released a guidance on  Statistical Considerations for Clinical Trials During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. We summarized the FDA guidance and some examples of activities Rho has undertaken to maintain trial integrity and patient safety in ongoing and upcoming clinical trials.

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Conducting Successful Site Qualification Visits using Virtual Solutions

On-site facility evaluations have historically provided us with the insight necessary to determine site performance and viability for our clinical trials. With decentralized trials as a mainstay of the current clinical research landscape, it’s imperative to leverage the virtual resources available to cultivate those same meaningful evaluations and assessments, safeguarding patient safety and data integrity.

Brenda Faiola
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RMAT Designation…What is it and is it Right for Your Therapeutic Product?

As research teams develop more cellular and gene therapy products for the treatment of a wide array of medical conditions, the need for custom nonclinical and clinical programs required to support market approval of products that are based on human cells, tissues, or HCT/P will rise. And for RMAT designated products, the study designs may be substantially different from more traditional IND programs.

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Antiviral Products in the pre-IND Phase

Productive pre-IND interactions with FDA are important to the success of any drug development program, including infectious disease product development. The Pre-IND Consultation Program through the Office of Infectious Disease (OID), one of 27 review divisions within the Office of New Drugs, provides opportunities for makers of infectious disease products to engage with FDA by facilitating early communications between the Division of Antivirals or the Division of Anti-Infectives within OID and sponsors/investigators of potential new therapeutics – these products include drugs and therapeutic biologics for the treatment of bacterial, fungal, and viral infections (including SARS-CoV-2 infection).

Marina Acosta
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Considerations for Implementing Decentralized Clinical Trials

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the implementation of decentralized (also referred to as virtual, remote, or hybrid) solutions for clinical trials. In addition to keeping your clinical trials on-track during the pandemic, decentralized solutions can often provide added benefits, including an improved patient experience by increasing engagement and reducing patient burden. We will discuss some considerations for successfully implementing decentralized solutions.

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COVID-19 Treatment Development: Updates and Recent FDA Guidance

The FDA continues to release additional information and update their website as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and both regulatory professionals and drug developers react to the potential for novel and repurposed products to treat COVID-19. This blog post is the latest installment in a series of COVID-19 related blog posts and updates information provided in a recent webinar.

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Key Questions for the Effective Implementation of eCOAs in your Clinical Trial

With the industry-wide push towards patient-centricity, electronic clinical outcome assessments (eCOAs) have become a more widely used strategy to streamline patient data collection, provide real-time access to data for review and monitoring, enhance patient engagement, and improve the integrity and accuracy of clinical studies. Rho answers some commonly asked questions about eCOAs.

Joseph Watson
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The Sunsetting of Rare Pediatric Disease Designation

As with other incentive programs, FDA created the Rare Pediatric Disease (RPD) designation to encourage drug development in products with questionable financial viability; in this case, the treatment of certain rare pediatric diseases. One of the main benefits of RPD designation is the potential to receive priority review vouchers, which can be used to obtain priority review on a subsequent human drug or biologic application, should the product with RPD designation be approved.

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Considerations When Starting a Vaccine Study

For over 10 years, Rho has worked in vaccine research and is currently 1 of 5 contract research organizations in the BARDA Medical Countermeasures Clinical Studies Network (MCM-CSN) that designs and conducts clinical studies needed to develop drugs, vaccines, and diagnostic tests that help protect public health. Based on our experience, we understand the risks, challenges, and solutions needed to operationalize a vaccine trial.