Kits4Life is a not-for-profit platform created to repurpose non-used clinical trial lab kits for humanitarian aid. Currently, research centers are required to destroy surplus lab kits, which they estimate can take up to 4 hours at the end of each trial. The cost of this burdensome activity is now being passed on to the study sponsors, or absorbed by the research sites. Interviews of site staff found they feel destroying lab kits is a “wasteful and meaningless” activity, and that the supplies should be repurposed to help those in need.
To date, numerous industry stakeholders have been instrumental in the development of Kits4Life including IQVIA, Society for Clinical Research Sites Janssen, UST Global, Covance, Eli Lilly, Sanofi Espoir Foundation, Q2 Solutions, Deaconess Health System, and MedSurplus Alliance. Though Kits4life has the potential to remove the considerable burden and costs associated with destroying unused lab kits, these founding stakeholders share in a vision that these surplus medical supplies could now deliver life-saving aid to those in need throughout the world.
There are two key sources of medical supply donations within the kits4life program.
Clinical supply warehouses – excess bulk supply from clinical labs and Pharma
Research Sites – surplus supplies at the end of each trial
SPONSORS & LABS
Pharma Sponsors and Labs provide the support required to develop the program and to donate their surplus medical supplies and reduce costs associated with the destruction of un-used lab kits.
Accredited Medical Surplus Recovery Organizations (MSRO) ensure all donated supplies are managed and distributed in adherence to the MSA Code of Conduct and World Health Organization donation guidelines.