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Fast Facts

  • Capital: Santiago
  • Economy: classed as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank, one of South America's most stable and prosperous nations. GDP US$248.602 billion, 2011
  • Health Expenditure: Total Health Expenditure: 8.3% of GDP, 2009
  • Population: Population: 18 million, 2017
  • Average Life Span: 79.1, 2010
  • Languages: Spanish (official), Mapudungun (4% year 2002)
  • Adult Literacy Rate: 98.7%, 2009

Health Trends

  • Chile has the sixth highest occurrence of child obesity  (OCDE, 2012)
  • Morbid obesity rates doubled  between 2003 and 2010 (Ministerio de Salud Chile, 2010)
  • 75% of the population ≥ 65 years old suffer from hypertension (Ministerio de Salud Chile, 2010) 
  • Diabetes type 2 increased 3.1% between 2003 and 2010, affecting 17% of the population between 45 and 64 years old and 26% of the population ≥ 65 years old (Ministerio de Salud Chile, 2010) 
  • Major Infectious Diseases: Hepatitis A, Typhoid Fever, Meningococcal Meningitis, HIV, Influenza, Respiratory Syncytial  Virus, Gastroenteritis – viral, Rotavirus Infection, Hepatitis C, Candidiasis, Herpes Simplex
  • Ministry of Health offers free health services

Clinical Trial Landscape

  • Chilean pharmaceutical market is the 6th largest in South America
  • Remarkable expansion of CROs in operation and a decrease in Pharma clinical operations
  • MOH inspections for GCP compliance
  • Multiple official ECs evaluate protocols according to site location, prior to MOH submission
  • Clinical research can take place within the public and private hospital system and Physician Private Practices
  • Access to diverse patient populations, some of them treatment naive
  • Good quality of sites & experienced investigators/staff/KOLs
  • Patients have strong incentive to participate in clinical trials: access to university hospitals, no waiting lists, free medication
  • Close Patient/PI relationship: higher patient retention
  • Good for seasonal dependent studies as patients can be recruited during quiet times in Northern hemisphere
  • ICON Chile part of the Local CROs Association, promoting clinical investigation in the country

ICON in Chile

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  • Presence in Chile since 2005
  • 33 employees, 2017
  • Experienced and committed CRAs/CRA Manager
  • Currently working on 13 studies across various therapeutic areas including 6 Oncology, 2 Neurology, 2 Dermatology, 1 Respiratory, 1 Infectious diseases, 1 Cardiovascular
  • Majority of studies in Oncology, CNS, and Cardiovascular

Services Offered

  • Clinical Monitoring
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Study Start-up and Feasibility
  • Medical & Safety Services
  • DOCS Resourcing Solutions
    • Functional Resoucing
    • Flexible Resourcing
    • Permenant Recruitment

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