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News - Clinical Trial disruptions due to Covid-19

With November quickly approaching, it is safe to say that the global Covid-19 pandemic has influenced the entire world for the main part of 2020. With over 500 companies publicly announcing clinical trial disruptions, the clinical research industry has been hit fairly hard since early March 2020. Hereby, many companies have delayed the initiation of planned trials or withdrawn them completely, while others have paused enrollments in their active trials or have terminated the trial completely.

As the majority of clinical trials are still relying on in-person visits of patients and potential study candidates, disruption is based on patient safety measures, strict lockdown requirements, social distancing rules, as well as the high demand for medical professionals to help treat Covid-19 patients. After the first extreme peak of Covid-19 was slowly declining, many research sites started to resume their activities, including patient recruitment and enrollments. With the number of cases is globally increasing again in Europe and the United States, clinical trials need to strategize how to continue their trials without losing more time and money.

The United States shows the highest number of resumed clinical trials

According to the GlobalData’s Pharma Intelligence Center, the number of resumed clinical trials has actually increased, from 741 to 808 resumed trials, 82.4% of those trials are currently actively recruiting potential study candidates. 7.3% of resumed trials have already concluded patient recruitment and 0.5% of trials are awaiting recruitment of study participants. Those numbers suggest a slight increase in clinical trials, even though the number of recruiting and completed trials has slowed down since September.

Until now, the United States has shown to be the country with most resuming clinical trials (70.7%), followed by the UK (8.6%), and France (7.4%). Depending on when the second wave of the coronavirus will decline again, the clinical trial activity might increase again, even though at a much slower rate than originally planned.

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