India trains IT savvy on drug trials, safety

India is ramping up in clinical data management and pharmacovigilance IT. Cognizant, Wipro and Accenture are all active in the country now and are offering services for one, the other, or both.

And the government of India, for its part, is backing pharmacovigilance centers.

The Economic Times of India reports that on the clinical trial side, Wipro Technologies provides an example of the burgeoning activity. It's launched a clinical collaboration portal aimed at helping drug developers, clinical research organizations and regulators better communicate on multi-region clinical trials.

Meanwhile, Indian government officials have announced plans to set up 100 pharmacovigilance centers around the country by year's end. Twenty-two exist now and it expects 50 more to open within the next two months.

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