Presentation on theme: "David Cloutier Director, Research Center Management and Development Budgeting for Industry Sponsored Clinical Trials."— Presentation transcript:
David Cloutier Director, Research Center Management and Development Budgeting for Industry Sponsored Clinical Trials
Objectives Describe costs associated with clinical trial conduct Review a sample internal budget Identify hidden costs Identify the elements of sponsor budget Describe post award activities related to payment and budget changes
Budget Prioritization Prioritize budget analysis and feasibility Request a draft budget and protocol as soon as you are approached for the trial The budget and contract can take as long to negotiate as the Informed Consent Document You can make a draft budget while waiting on the sponsor’s budget
Interest and feasibility Study the protocol carefully Is the project feasible for your site Academic / Scientific interest Resources Research staff Patient population Identify Your Costs Review the Protocol Schematic and Informed Consent Document
Review the Protocol Schematic Hospital procedures (technical fees) Physician practice costs (professional fees) Lab costs How many visits / Length of study Visits until randomization Coordinator time per visit / post visit Compare to visits and procedures listed in the informed consent document
The Sponsor Budget Per Patient Amount comparable? Study Level costs covered? Indirect cost rate correct? Enrollment goals feasible? Screen failure reimbursement acceptable?
Negotiating Internal budget will differ from sponsor offer Discourage sharing detailed internal budget with sponsor Your internal costs may limit negotiation of future projects Sponsors retain database of previously negotiated budgets Negotiate reimbursement at the same level of detail as sponsor template –Per-visit reimbursements are acceptable –Line item expenses are acceptable
Sponsor Payment Terms What is the payment schedule? –Ad Hoc –Quarterly –After Monitor Visits and CRF auditing Are they relying on you to Invoice? –For all payments –Study Level Costs –Per Visit
Track your payments Budget statement Payment memo Invoice for your “Study Level Costs” and reimbursable expenses Sponsors miss payments Request periodic payment reports from sponsors to ensure that EFTs were received and directed to the correct fund-org Some sponsors rely on you to invoice for all the visits.
Initial Payment Initial payment may include pre-payment Untangle start-up fees from initial payment by negotiating a “non-refundable” start-up fee
Re-Negotiation is an Option Review protocol amendments for new work… –If the amendment changes work load or adds procedures: re-negotiate –If sponsor allows more patients to be enrolled, request more screen failures