Pediatric clinical trials aim at boosting public health by ensuring safety in child medications. Clinical trials involving children pose challenges distinct from those focused on adults. Approximately 40% of the tests carried out between 2008 and 2011 were uncompleted.
The challenges preventing successful clinical trials are economic, ethical, physiological, and pharmacometric. One big reason is the collection of venous blood. But that's starting to change.
The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute is at the forefront of important research using Volumetric Absorptive Microsampling (VAMS®) technology and Mitra® microsampling devices in low-resourced regions. Recently, it tested Mitra® devices against more traditional Dried Blood Spot (DBS) cards in pediatric PK studies in rural Côte d’Ivoire.
In an era of change, labs are responding with new and innovative approaches and considering new angles from science and business perspectives. One Austin-based lab, focused on personalized medicine, merits special attention.
The California Initiative for the Advancement of Precision Medicine (CIAPM) is a national public entity formulated to ignite rational precision medicine research on popular diseases. It recently funded a study that will apply microsampling techniques. The upcoming multi-method, longitudinal, prospective cohort study will engage 200 patients with stable ischemic heart disease (IHD).
Laboratories: It’s time to get off the reimbursement treadmill.
You’ll expand your test menu and open your options when you add remote biofluid collection to your toolkit.
At Neoteryx, we research, develop, and commercialize simple, economical, and convenient microsampling devices for the collection and transportation of blood and other biological fluids.
Multinational clinical trials are essential for the efficient provision of generalizable information to both medical and scientific fields. International trials involving several countries are especially vital for rare diseases. They allow for accelerated patient accruals and increased applicability of the research findings.
Topics: Clinical Trials