Community pharmacy- based research remains a developing area in terms of both the site itself and the pharmacists and support staff who we wish to engage in the process. Due to the relative lack of experience with community pharmacy, much of the existing working practices are based upon experience with either hospital pharmacy or GPs. The founding principles may be similar, for example the ethical review process, regulatory aspects and the need to subscribe to ICH-GCP and local guidance. However, the smooth running of a study which seeks community pharmacy involvement may be hampered by factors specific to the community pharmacy environment, its staffing, regulation, workload and remunerative arrangements. Once a protocol and the associated SOPs are solidified, it may be extremely difficult to retrofit the study to allow community pharmacy participation.
The North West Primary Care Pharmacy Research Group (NWPCPRG) are aiming to put together a professional guidance document
Guidance for Sponsors, Clinical Research Organisations and Higher Education Institutions for Planning and Implementation of Community Pharmacy Research Projects
We would like to produce 2 sets of guidance- one for community pharmacists/pharmacy organisations who are considering taking on clinical or healthcare research at their site and the other for academics, health professionals, scientist, sponsors and CROs who are considering a research collaboration with community pharmacists or using community pharmacies as research or principal investigator sites.
We are seeking consultation from those with an interest in community pharmacy research and/or clinical trials and we have prepared a draft document for discussion (attached).
Please feel free to comment on the document in this thread.
Alternatively, if you would consider joining a virtual steering group to help put together the guidance please contact me, Rachel Airley (chair, work group 1, NWPCPRG), at [email protected].