Comparator local sourcing strategies: Leveraging advantages and avoiding common pitfalls for clinical trials


Comparators are increasingly used in clinical trials to establish whether an investigational drug is more effective than an existing product, a differentiating factor that can be a prerequisite for licensure, formulary listing and healthcare reimbursement.

This growing demand for comparators is causing many supply chain managers to explore available sourcing options. Savvy supply chain managers say deciding to source locally requires weighing factors that include the preferred comparator, the countries in the trial, and the requirements of the protocol.

This whitepaper will focus on local sourcing. Local sourcing is the purchase of a commercial drug within a single country for use in that same country. This paper elaborates on alternative local sourcing strategies, including advantages and disadvantages of local sourcing.