From Letters to Language: The Evolution of Clinical Trial Naming Conventions

Clinical trials are an essential part of the drug development process. They are a crucial tool for evaluating the safety and effectiveness of new medicines and treatments. Clinical trial names are assigned by the sponsor of the study, such as a pharmaceutical company or academic institution.

Instead of simply viewing a clinical trial name as a way to differentiate it from other clinical trials, it should be seen as an opportunity to create a brand image that communicates positive perceptions to HCPs and patients involved in the trial.

Naming conventions often involve a combination of letters, numbers, and words that describe the disease, treatment, mechanism of action or specific end points. The goal is to make the name distinctive and easy to remember.

Clinical trial names may also include other information that helps to identify the study. Acronyms are often used in clinical trial names to provide a shorter and more memorable alternative to the full trial name. This can be especially useful for long or complex trial names that may be difficult to remember or communicate effectively.

However, naming a clinical trial is not just about being creative but also ethical and culturally sensitive. The language used in trial names should not stigmatize patients or conditions but rather focus on the benefits of the study. Patient-centred language is becoming increasingly popular as it encourages participation and engagement. Clinical trial naming is like finding the perfect title for a book – it should be unique, memorable, and accurately represent the content within while remaining respectful and patient-focused.

In recent years, there has been a growing trend towards using more patient-centred language in clinical trial naming. This includes using words and phrases that are more easily understood by patients and that focus on the benefits of the study, rather than the technical details.

Overall, clinical trial naming is an important aspect of the drug development process. It helps to ensure that studies are properly tracked and monitored, and that patients can easily identify and participate in trials that may be beneficial to them. As the industry continues to evolve, it is likely that we will see further changes and refinements to the naming process in the years to come.

By Kasja Babic