White Paper | March 13, 2013

Clinical Trial Logistics In Africa: Ensuring Quality, Compliance And Control

Source: World Courier Management

By World Courier

Today’s Africa has increasingly become a source of fascination for pharmaceutical researchers drawn to the study and control of both communicable diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS as well as diseases of the developed world like cancer, diabetes, hypertension and chronic respiratory disease.

With its unique geographies of clear therapeutic specializations, a growing presence of accredited labs and qualified CROs especially in South Africa, relative ease of access to large treatment-naïve populations, proximity to Europe and generally favorable exchange rates, Africa offers sponsors great opportunity for conducting competitive low-cost clinical trials − assuming the logistics can be appropriately managed. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, more than 2,700 clinical trials are currently underway in Africa 1, a number that continues to increase.

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