4G's Pirmin Froehlicher offers best practices for clinical supply forecasting in an editorial piece posted on Clinical Informatics News. The article entitled "Stop Choosing Between Clinical Supply Waste and Supply Chain Risk to Inform Forecasting Decisions" offers insight to help supply managers offset risk and reduce clinical supply waste in their trials.
"Have you ever seen the meme of the expected path (direct line from A to B) and then the real path of convoluted squiggly lines and diversions? The latter is clinical drug supply. In an ideal world, there would be just enough drug at each clinical site around the globe to ensure the study runs smoothly. No wasted supply and no risk of trial disruption...Unfortunately, this is not an ideal world but rather the real world..."