CTTI released new recommendations on overcoming the legal, regulatory, and practical hurdles for planning and conducting decentralized clinical trials (DCTs) today during the DPharm: Disruptive Innovations to Advance Clinical Trials conference in Boston, Mass.
DCTs, which are run through telemedicine and mobile health care providers, offer several potential advantages, such as faster recruitment, improved retention, greater control and convenience for participants, and increased participant diversity. CTTI’s evidence-based and practical recommendations address barriers—including varying state medical licensing laws and issues with the drug supply chain of custody—that could be hindering the widespread use of DCTs.
The recommendations also offer guidance on effective DCT protocol design, investigator delegation and oversight, use of mobile health care providers, and safety monitoring. A key concept within the recommendations is that DCTs do not have to be fully decentralized, but can incorporate various procedures and activities that are common in traditional studies.
This is the third set of recommendations from CTTI’s Mobile Clinical Trials Program for FDA-regulated trials, which aims to drive the adoption of mobile technologies in an effort to improve the efficiency and quality of clinical trials. In 2017, CTTI announced recommendations for developing novel endpoints generated by mobile technologies and, in July, it unveiled new solutions for using mobile technologies for data capture in clinical trials. Recommendations addressing patient and investigator engagement regarding the use of mobile technologies in clinical trials will be released in early 2019.