Get Back: Managing Your Clinical Trial Returns Logistics

Get Back is an article written by Gavin Morgan, Manager of Global Logistics that focusses on efficient and effective management of Clinical Trial Returns and the logistics involved.

Over the last ten years, the way that the pharmaceutical industry is expected to deliver new drug products to market has seen symbolic change. This shift in process has been driven by a number of significant factors.

In the next five years the industry expected to lose around $290b in revenue from branded prescription medications going off patent (the Patent Cliff) and overall drug development timelines are coming under continued scrutiny. Internal and external pressures mean traditional approaches to drug development are difficult to sustain and speed to market is paramount to success.

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The full “Get Back: Managing Your Clinical Trial Returns Logistics” article was featured in the Journal of Clinical Trials, Volume 7, pages 60-61.

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More about our Our Clinical trial Returns Management

In-keeping with client requirements, we can arrange for the return, storage and ultimate destruction of clinical trials materials at the end of a project. Returns can be reconciled to one of three levels before being securely stored until the approval for destruction is received:

  • Level 1 – reconciliation of the number of shippers returned only
  • Level 2 – reconciliation of the contents of the shippers against a packing list
  • Level 3 – full reconciliation down to individual tablets, capsules, and vials

Destruction is carried out by an approved third party including witnessed destruction for controlled drugs. Certificates of Destruction are provided to clients to facilitate full reconciliation of clinical trial supplies.


As well as Clinical Trial Returns we provide complete Clinical Trial services

PCI is committed to supporting clients at every stage of the of the clinical cycle, delivering best-in-class services efficiently and effectively. Our clients come to us seeking solutions to often complex and unique opportunities due to our reputation in offering unmatched flexibility, a client-centric experience and consultative approach.

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