Los empleados de Covance que trabajan para respaldar los ensayos clínicos reconocen que están ayudando a lograr progresos en la medicina y mejorar la atención de la salud, pero a veces el impacto se da más a nivel local.
"Uno de nuestros clientes estaba probando una nueva formulación de una vacuna contra el sarampión, las paperas, la rubéola y la varicela (MMRV) y necesitaba asegurarse de que el producto final fuera seguro para los pacientes pediátricos", explicó Joshua. El estudio de la fase IV se estaba llevando a cabo sin problemas, pero necesitaba un monitor de investigaciones clínicas (CRA). Para Joshua fue maravilloso aceptar el estudio y desarrollar su experiencia.
A few days later, Joshua was on a plane and visiting a pediatric clinic to monitor the site, the study and its resulting data. He worked closely with the clinic to anticipate and resolve issues and after several months of traveling between the clinic and his home base, the study wrapped up.
"It is nice feeling to close a study," said Joshua. "There is the satisfaction of being on a study start to finish. And, it was a well-run study so the new vaccine received FDA approval."
But the biggest satisfaction was yet to be realized. About a year later, Joshua's wife took one of their children for a routine physical, which included a vaccination.
"I was glancing at the info sheet that the pediatrician sent home and I realized my daughter received the MMRV vaccine that I supported. When I told my daughter, she couldn't believe that she got 'the shot that Daddy made,' as she called it," he laughed.
"Sometimes in this role we may feel disconnected from the whole process," admitted Joshua, "but this coincidence gave me a direct connection to the important work that we do as CRAs. It just shows that what we do at Covance really makes a difference in people's lives."