Compatibility of international data: New data collection techniques

G. Resnick, M. Toscani

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The quality and growth of data challenges the global pharmaceutical development process to search for cost efficient mechanisms to handle collection and analysis of data in various forms and formats. Recent advances include computer-assisted scientific data review, international adverse drug reaction reporting, and optical scanning and storing of data. An example of this new and evolving technology combines available computer hardware with a new software program that can facilitate the management, reporting, and analysis of national and international clinical trials. The automated work distributor (AWD) is a management system capable of electronically routing work associated with regulatory and scientific documents, phone calls, and faxes throughout a research organization. An optical scanning device with on- line personal computers/fax machines allows for data to be immediately scanned into a relational database, providing management with immediate access to progress reports and safety results. This may translate into more rapid completion and analysis of pivotal clinical programs in a more cost efficient manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1053-1058
Number of pages6
JournalDrug Information Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology (nursing)
  • Drug guides
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pharmacology (medical)


  • Data collection
  • Information processing
  • Optical imaging/scanning
  • Safety reporting


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