Medical and pharmaceutical companies can find some big advantages when they conduct medical trials and patient recruitment outside of North America and Western Europe. And a professional translation service with medical translation specialization can help medical research groups and companies — big and small — overcome language barriers during the research and trial processes, and afterward, when it comes time to market and sell. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of performing medical trials and patient recruitment in regions like Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
Larger Supply of Patients and Healthcare Professionals
By greatly expanding the supply of medical professionals and volunteers, medical companies and pharmaceutical research outfits can save a lot of cash by conducting medical trials (or parts of trials) in Eastern Europe, or certain parts of Asia. Furthermore, the costs of living, salaries, and just about everything else are lower than in more developed countries like England, France, Germany and the United States. This translates into lower costs when recruiting and paying physicians and patients taking part in medical studies. Specialized translations of information going into and coming out of healthcare trials, in the forms of test results and ongoing medical reports, help disseminate research information to and from various languages, giving the entire process an international angle (and exposure) from the get-go.
Lower Regulatory Restrictions
Next, the globalization of medical trials, and other medical and pharmacology-based research, offers companies lower regulatory restrictions than they generally encounter in the European Union or the United States. And for those who worry that less regulation hurdles found in countries taking part in international trials can affect the ethics of the medical research, the Declaration of Helsinki, which is a code of moral conduct set up by the World Medical Association on human research ethics, helps ensure high standards, even in places where regulatory restrictions may vary. Initiatives like the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center at Harvard University (MRCT Center) also provide structure and oversight to the globalization of medical clinical trials.
Specialized translation services like in healthcare help bridge the linguistic gap when conducting trials overseas. International ethics standards, plus a company’s good reputation (which, if tanked by bad press, can be detrimental to business) help ensure ethical medical trials as well, no matter what the regulatory landscape might be.
The Economic Benefits of Translation Specialization
Finally, medical research foundations and pharmaceutical companies that choose the international route have some built in advantages when it comes time to promote, or sell their products and services around the planet. Since they’ve already stepped foot into global markets with international trials and medical research projects, various medical communities across the globe will have been exposed to the research, products and medicines ahead of time through the use of specialized translations and medical translation services. This built-in awareness, if leveraged correctly, can be a huge marketing advantage, which also lends itself to the simultaneous releases of a product in multiple countries, since the medical research translations were polished and finished in advance.
While it can be daunting for some companies to conduct medical trials far away from their home turf, with the right medical advisers and research coordinators, and a good medical translation service working by their sides, it can offer many benefits as well.
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