Covance-Mitarbeiter, die klinische Studien unterstützen, wissen, dass sie an der Weiterentwicklung der Medizin und der Verbesserung des Gesundheitswesens arbeiten. Manchmal betreffen die Auswirkungen ihrer Arbeit jedoch eher den Haushaltsbereich.
„Einer unserer Kunden hat eine neue Formel für Masern-, Mumps-, Röteln- und Windpockenimpfungen getestet und musste sicherstellen, dass das Endprodukt sicher für Kinder ist“, erklärte Joshua. Die Phase-IV-Studie lief gut, allerdings war ein klinischer Monitor (CRA) erforderlich. Joshua war begeistert davon, die Studie zu übernehmen und damit seine Erfahrung zu erweitern.
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."