Clinical Trial Logistics In Africa: Ensuring Quality, Compliance And ControlSource: 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.