Indian Trials Recover Amid Lingering Pandemic Challenges
Virtual Tools Part Of The Future?
The Indian clinical research segment has managed to retain some buoyancy despite pandemic-related disruptions, with an estimated 70 global trials cleared to October by the regulator. But audiovisual recording of the informed consent process has been particularly challenging in the case of subjects in isolation wards.
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Senior Parexel executives tell Scrip that disruptions resulting from the Ukraine war and constraints in the US given the backlog in clinical care there could channel more trials to the Asia-Pacific region. They also discuss how things are moving in China, a market where the CRO has long-standing experience, the "conducive" ecosystem in India and issues around trial diversity.
Real and perceived barriers have bogged down the Indian clinical trials segment. Senior leaders of J&J, IQVIA and 5AM Ventures say many COVID adaptations should be codified, while a member of India’s NITI Aayog indicates an openness to find solutions to some pain points.
The coronavirus pandemic has thrown up unprecedented challenges for the Indian clinical trials segment, as in other parts of the world. Experts tell Scrip how things are poised in the country including potential impact on some critical milestones, but efforts are underway to tackle the crisis.