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Study-data conflicts complicate Plavix research

Clinical data proliferation, while shining light into previously dark drug development corners, also is complicating the trial manager's job. And some may even be thinking that too much data is a

CRF Health gets certified for COPD tool

Solutions provider CRF Health has completed the ePRO vendor certification program for use of a tool that measures chronic pulmonary flare-ups. The certification applies to two devices currently in

Meta-analysis helps screen placebo responders

High placebo-response rates in trials of bipolar mania treatments piqued the curiosity of researchers, who decided to study the matter through modeling in hopes of minimizing it. Findings suggest a

Pharma caution warranted with cloud, Google

Big pharma companies--like those in big manufacturing and big oil--are right to be cautious about using Google apps. So says Google apps user and Altium CIO Alan Perkins. Altium is a mid-sized maker

EU inspectors tap CDISC in GCP guidance

Twelve user requirements for source data developed by CDISC form the basis of the European Union's expectations for the handling of electronic data in clinical trials. The principles embodied in the

Better modeling to reduce animal testing

Drug testing via computer modeling, virtual tissue, and human and animal cells are helping the pharma industry move away from the use of animals as primary test subjects. Researchers recruit tens of

Risk approach comes to site monitoring

An emerging risk-based approach to site monitoring uses partial source document verification in place of traditional full source document verification (SDV) coverage. In the risk-based approach,

Researchers pit local vs. cloud clusters in compute-intensive race

A Stanford team has staged a 13-billion computation drug discovery race, pitting a 198-CPU HP compute cluster against 198 CPUs on a virtual machine in the Amazon cloud. Both platforms ran the same

Grass-roots effort drives cloud business case

At Harvard Medical School, the IT department has become both business partner and service provider to users. The venerable institution has built a cloud computing solution based on user

Decision tree helps IT discern cloud fit

Cloud computing, despite its various forms, is not for everyone. To help IT management consider the computing and storage option, The Open Group Cloud Computing Work Group has drafted a cloud buyers'

Roche writes social media rules for employees

Drug giant Roche has taken the lead by publishing guidelines for social media. They're written for employees, but posted for all the world to see. The Social Media Principles, which incorporate

UK study supports dose-response modeling

Researchers studying an overactive bladder treatment have concluded that dose-response models can be used to predict outcomes for doses not studied. Assessing the dose-response relationship for the

Google-like code aids drug development

A new generation of companies with more powerful computer technology is applying itself to the business of drug development. And among them is Numerate of San Bruno, CA. Numerate uses Google-like

Top 10 list rejects cloud for clinical data

The debate continues over whether cloud platforms can secure highly sensitive clinical trial data and health records. But eWeek makes no bones about its position in a top 10 list of why it's a bad

Cloud to host Saffron predictive analytics tool

Start-up RedOak Logic is entering the decision-support business for drug development. Its cloud-based, data-analytics platform, currently in beta testing, aims to capture and make use of public,

NIH funds software-based brain plasticity trials

The National Institutes of Health is funding development of software to help stroke victims and schizophrenia sufferers. The $3.65 million comes in two grants to a company that specializes in

Lit search used to personalize cancer cures

An attempt to crack the melanoma-treatment nut has researchers working on the means for personalized cures through automated literature search. Their goal is to develop a targeted therapy database

Segregating trial data may ease EMR concerns

Storing information obtained during clinical trials within a segment of an individual's electronic record that's marked "research" may help ease patient concerns about sensitive data getting into the

iPhone app helps to ID adverse events

The National Cancer Institute's Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events handbook has been turned into a free app. The book lists adverse events that may occur in clinical trials. The

Database breaches remain healthcare vulnerability

The healthcare industry boasts three times the number of data breaches as the financial industry so far this year. The most frequent causes include lost and stolen laptop computers, back-up tapes,