Blog 2019-03-13T22:32:06+00:00

Health Decisions Embraces #NextGenContraception Campaign

Health Decisions CEO Patrick Phillips Promotes Nextgen Contraception Health Decisions’ CEO Patrick Phillips Supports the #NextGenContraception Campaign

Health Decisions is a women’s health specialty CRO with extraordinary experience and capabilities in contraceptive research. For more than 20 years, Health Decisions has served as the Coordinating Center for the Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), a unit of the National Institutes of Health. In addition, Health Decisions has conducted many contraceptive […]

August 6th, 2018|Categories: Contraception, Contraceptive Development, Women's Health|

Uterine Fibroid Awareness and Participation in Clinical Trials

The Fibroid FoundationHealth Decisions supports the recognition of July as Fibroid Awareness Month. Health Decisions’ Chief Medical Officer Andrea S. Lukes, MD, MHSc, FACOG, is a practicing OB/GYN and an active Principal Investigator with experience in uterine fibroid clinical trials. Dr. Lukes offers this blog post in support of fibroid awareness and clinical development of new fibroid therapeutics and diagnostics.

Fibroids are benign tumors of muscle within the uterus. The cumulative incidence by the age of 50 is […]

July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Awareness and Advocacy, Uterine Fibroids, Women's Health|Tags: |

A Top Priority in Women’s Health Research: Noninvasive Endometriosis Diagnostics

Development of a noninvasive diagnostic for endometriosis has long been a priority for researchers. For example, a workshop report from the 2011 World Congress of Endometriosis entitled Defining Future Directions for Endometriosis Research noted both the need for a noninvasive diagnostic and the challenge:

    A noninvasive test for the reliable diagnosis of endometriosis, and in particular early endometriosis, remains a priority. Specificity and sensitivity of any diagnostic test are key issues, with many patients having comorbidities, such as adenomyosis, irritable bowel syndrome, and […]

July 13th, 2018|Categories: Diagnostics, Endometriosis, Women's Health|

Patient Advocacy Groups and Clinical Trials: Impressions from DIA 2018

The Health Decisions team at DIA 2018 left with the impression that the biopharma industry values relationships with patient advocacy groups but use of such groups in study planning and protocol development remains the exception rather than the rule. Health Decisions’ Chief Medical Officer Andrea Lukes, MD, MHSc, FACOG, chaired a DIA forum entitled “From Patients and Advocacy Groups to Operations and Beyond: Obtaining and Incorporating Input from Stakeholders in Protocol Design.” Clint Dart, Health Decisions’ Senior Director, Biostatistics and Programming, participated along with […]

June 29th, 2018|Categories: Enrollment, Industry Commentary, Industry Events, Patient centricity|

Advances in Male Contraception a Positive for Women’s Health

ContraceptionProgress in male contraception, including male hormonal contraception, has captured the attention of mainstream media, as demonstrated by an article in the June 18 issue of Time Magazine, “This Man Wants to Be on Birth Control: Inside the race to develop a better male contraceptive.” (Subscription required.) Author Alexandra Sifferlin has provided an excellent overview of the field of male contraception as she did in an April 26 online piece, “Are We Finally Ready for the Male Pill?”

The print article […]

June 20th, 2018|Categories: About Us, Contraception, Contraceptive Development, Women's Health|

The HealthyWomen Dinner: The Difference Between Men and Women in Clinical Research

Table at HealthWomen DinnerHealth Decisions was pleased to participate in the 2018 HealthyWomen dinner, held at the Italian Embassy in Washington June 13, where the theme was “‘Alla Nostra Salute! To Our Health’ – Celebrating innovation that advances women’s health research and advocacy for future generations.” HealthyWomen is an independent nonprofit organization addressing one of many underserved needs in women’s health – the need for accurate information about women’s health issues and treatment resources.

The keynote speaker at […]

June 19th, 2018|Categories: About Us, Industry Events, Women's Health|

CEO Takeaways from BIO 2018: Focus on Women’s Health

Health Decisions CEO Patrick Phillips at BIO 2018Health Decisions CEO, Patrick Phillips, BSc (Hons), D.Phil., attended BIO 2018 in Boston to meet with companies active in development of new therapeutic and diagnostic products to improve healthcare outcomes for women. After the conference, Dr. Phillips offered observations on a variety of trends in evidence at the conference and on Boston as a conference setting with significant current development activity in women’s health and a rich history as well. The primary […]

June 11th, 2018|Categories: About Us, Industry Commentary, Industry Events, Women's Health|

Key Issues in Choosing a Specialized Clinical Development Partner

Handshake symbolizing partnershipPartnerships drive biopharma development today more than ever, especially in clinical development. The scope of partnerships ranges from contracts to conduct individual studies to functional-service-provider arrangements or outsourcing agreements encompassing whole development programs and sometimes even the whole of a company’s clinical development activity. While clinical development partnerships are commonplace, they are seldom simple. Forming a clinical development partnership requires both parties to consider a host of issues, including but not limited to the following:

  • the capabilities […]
June 4th, 2018|Categories: About Us, Industry Commentary, Strategic Partnerships|

BIO 2018: Time to Focus on Women’s Significant Unmet Medical Needs

BIO 2018 in BostonThe BIO International Convention convenes June 4 in Boston, MA. The City-on-a-Hill is an excellent setting for BIO for reasons including its role as a hotbed of both academic and commercial development. As a women’s health specialty CRO, Health Decisions sees another reason to appreciate Boston as a venue for BIO: the city’s history of advocacy in women’s health. For example, it was in Boston that a group of women came together, authored and published “Our […]

May 31st, 2018|Categories: Industry Events, Recent Posts, Women's Health|

A Project Manager’s Observations on Women’s Health Clinical Trials

Health Decisions recognizes the importance of increasing the participation of women in clinical trials in order to identify differences in female response, provide female-specific prescribing information and reduce the number of adverse events experienced by women taking approved medications. Based on Health Decisions’ extensive experience as a women’s health specialty CRO, Project Manager Jessica Kappes, MBA, MT, CCRA offers some observations from women’s health clinical trials, many of which apply to trials enrolling female populations in other indications. Ms. Kappes has nine years of experience […]