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eRT Announces the Availability of the Suicidality Monitoring System(TM) For Clinical Trials
Date:6/19/2008

PHILADELPHIA, June 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- eResearchTechnology, Inc. (eRT), (Nasdaq: ERES), a leading provider of centralized ECG and eClinical technology, ePRO and other services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and related industries, announced today the availability of the EXPeRT(R) ePRO Suicidality Monitoring System(TM) (SMS). Suicidality screening is required in a growing number of drug development programs as a part of effective drug profiling and subject safety monitoring in clinical trials. The SMS was developed to address regulatory concerns and reduce the cost and time associated with clinician-administered suicidality assessments. It will also improve the quality of suicidality assessments compared to those performed by clinicians alone. SMS was developed in conjunction with Drs. John Greist, Alan Gelenberg, James Mundt, David Katzelnick and Jeff Jefferson. It is the most recent addition to a growing line of telephone-based assessments within the EXPeRT(R) ePRO services offered by eRT.

SMS is a simple patient monitoring and alert tool. It enhances subject comfort while generating critical information for site research staff and investigators in evaluating suicidality risk factors. It is easily added to any clinical trial. If a potential suicidality signal is detected for a subject, the SMS promptly alerts the investigator site to permit more in-depth clinical follow-up and evaluation.

Dr. John Greist, an eRT consultant with decades of experience and research on computer interviewing, described some of the benefits of SMS: "SMS provides a user-friendly telephone interface as a computer terminal to collect sensitive suicidality data directly from trial subjects. Advantages of Interactive Voi
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