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Staying on the alert
LITTLE FALLS, N.J.—Under a recently signed deal with Waltham, Mass.-based Phase Forward, Sentrx will offer Phase Forward's Clintrace, a Web-based adverse event tracking and reporting system, along with the Electronic Case Submission Module (ECSM), within its Safety Data Services offering and in conjunction with Sentrx Drug Safety Services.
With Phase Forward being a leading provider of data management solutions for clinical trials and product safety and Sentrx being a leading provider of technology-enabled services for global drug safety, the companies hope their partnership will provide life sciences companies with a "sophisticated combination of safety data management and adverse event reporting software, processes and consulting expertise," they noted in a joint news release about the deal.
Sentrx had previously been offering just the Argus Safety pharmacovigilance software system from Relsys, and Joseph Albano, CEO of Sentrx, says that the addition of Clintrace as an alternative option is something many customers have asked for in the past.
The two companies plan to explore other synergies in their offerings as well. Gretchen Dock, a spokesperson for Phase Forward, declined to comment specifically on possible future developments because her company is publicly traded and this is a new business relationship. Albano, however, was able to offer at least one area where he sees a great deal of future potential, and that is in true integration of clinical trial data entry and drug safety reporting.
"There's a big demand in the marketplace for a really integrated solution where electronic data capture products would integrate with drug safety so that when an investigative site enters info in the system, they get a seamless transition for entering data for the trial and simultaneously reporting safety events they encounter," Albano explains. "Typically, companies have had to use two separate products to do that, but working with Phase Forward may offer the chance to eliminate that problem because they have software suites in both areas."