We have talked about this before...Narcotics are the “big guns” on the front line of pain relief, and their use has eased the suffering of millions who live with pain resulting from injury and the aftermath of surgical procedures. However, Narcotics have a dark side in the form of some fairly serious side effects. Constipation, nausea, dizziness, headache and fatigue take a toll on quality of life. More serious, though, is the potential for narcotic addiction.
Phoenix, Arizona - Physicians Research Group (PRG) and a leading orthopedic surgeon are currently enrolling participants in a clinical trial to test the efficacy of pain medication that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the relief of pain related to the fusion of two or three vertebrae. The goal of this research study is to decrease the pain experienced by spinal fusion patients.
Spinal fusion is a procedure that helps stabilize the spine of patients who experience chronic pain related to back injuries, herniated discs, degeneration of discs and vertebrae, the narrowing of the spinal canal, or damage caused by infections or tumors. The vertebrae are literally fused together, using either a synthetic bone substitute or bone that is harvested from the patient’s pelvis or taken from a bone bank.
Nearly a half a million patients undergo spinal fusion surgery each year with great success yet doctors note there can be a significant amount of pain during recovery. The worst pain is generally experienced
Narcotics are the “big guns” on the front line of pain relief, and their use has eased the suffering of millions who live with pain resulting from injury and the aftermath of surgical procedures. However, Narcotics have a dark side in the form of some fairly serious side effects. Constipation, nausea, dizziness, headache and fatigue take a toll on quality of life. More serious, though, is the potential for narcotic addiction.
While women comprise roughly half of the world’s population, historically they have only represented about 30 percent of clinical research study participants. If you are a woman living in Arizona, you can help shift this statistic in tangible, way—all because you decided to participate in a clinical research study!
It's True! Women are Equal, but Different Biologically
Women are equal, but we now know that they are different, especially when it comes to matters of biology. Women and men differ biologically when it comes to muscle fiber, blood flow, fat storage, and metabolism (to name a few) which in turn may influence the effectiveness of certain medications, dosages, or treatments.
A 2015 research study conducted by Northwestern neuroscientists found an inherent biological difference between males and females in the molecular regulation of synapses in the hippocampus.
Physicians Research Group (PRG) and leading orthopedic group OrthoArizona are working together to create some happy news for people who are suffering from severe knee joint dysfunction.
Their Arizona-based clinical research study into a pain medication for patients undergoing total knee replacement surgery will offer its volunteers more than hope for a more comfortable recovery. Participants accepted to the trial will see the entire cost of the procedure covered by the pharmaceutical company that has commissioned the study. Participants will also be provided with a regimen of pain medication.
Paid Research Studies Can Help Millions
Effective pain management is an important element in recovery after knee replacement surgery. It allows patients to get moving more quickly, which means an easier and better rehabilitation, and fewer complications, such as blood clots.
Paid Research Study Targets Actinic Keratosis Lesions
Rough, scaly patches on the face, scalp and other areas that receive a lot of sun exposure could be more than just dry skin--especially if they are discolored. They could be evidence of a pre-cancerous skin condition called Actinic Keratosis, or AK. While many AK lesions remain benign, left untreated they hold the potential to become any type of skin cancer, particularly squamous cell carcinoma.
Rates of Actinic Keratosis In Arizona Are High
People in Arizona—especially those with fair skin—are among those who are particularly susceptible to AK. The state’s proximity to the equator and its altitude mean less atmospheric (UV) protection for residents. Additionally, Arizona's year-round warmth and sunshine entices many to spend long hours exposed to the elements. But all that glorious sunshine may also increase the risk for skin cancer.
If you have ever been diagnosed with Actinic Keratosis, you will know that dermatologists typically treat it one of two ways: with topical medication, or with cryo-freezing using liquid nitrogen. You should also know that researchers continue to look for treatments that offer better and faster results, and fewer side effects.
You Can Help With Medical Research
Participate in Medical Research Studies and Get Paid!
Participants are an integral part of clinical research studies and without them, medical advancements simply would not be possible. At Physician's Research Group (PRG), we know your time is valuable, and we respect that. We provide you compensation for both your time and travel on every visit—including the initial visit—as long as you have signed an informed consent form (ICF).
Here's how our process works:
All of our current clinical trials offer compensation to patients who meet the criteria for entrance into the research study. And PRG provides medical study volunteers with compensation on the day of each visit—you don’t have to wait until the end of the study to get paid.
Transparency in Paid Research Studies
Many parents look forward to welcoming a new baby into their lives. But for the many mothers who suffer the effects of Post-Partum Depression, or PPD, that process can be less than easy. Physicians Research Group (PRG) hopes that a new clinical trial will make things easier for future mothers.
Post-Partum Depression symptoms include, but are not limited to, impaired sleep and appetite, profound irritability, and difficulty bonding with baby. Severity of symptoms varies amongst PPD sufferers. The condition usually commences just before or after the birth of a child, and can improve within a few months when treated properly.
Currently, treatment for PPD patients includes counselling, antidepressants and hormone therapies. Researchers are working hard to find a single therapy that can help everyone who is experiencing moderate to severe effects of PPD.
In case you were wondering…it is remarkably easy to participate in a paid medical research study; it is just as easy to get paid for your participation. Better than that, you can help researchers make the world a better place for people suffering from the same condition as you.
And it all starts with a phone call, or a visit to the Physician’s Research Group (PRG) website.
If PRG is conducting a study on a medical condition you have, you will be evaluated on criteria provided by the pharmaceutical company that has commissioned the trial. This “inclusion and exclusion” criteria allows PRG to quickly determine whether you should be brought in for an initial screening visit.
Medical Testing for Money?
Your time is valuable, and we respect that. PRG provides participant compensation for your time and travel on every visit—including the initial visit—as long as you have signed an informed consent form (ICF).
We have all heard, read, or seen the ads: you will be paid for your participation in a clinical trial. It sounds good, but you should always be aware of what “paid clinical trials” or “paid research trials” actually means.
A clinical trial, research trial, or clinical study, is a program designed by a pharmaceutical or device company to research their medication or device for its safety and effectiveness in humans. Many of these programs offer individuals payment in exchange for their time, travel, and adherence to the guidelines for each specific trial.
Paid Clinical Trials—What is in the Fine Print
What is commonly not mentioned in these “clinical trials for money” ads is the extent of the commitment involved, or the fact that your insurance company could be billed for the service. These details all depend on the trial.
For example, a company looking to gather data on their newly FDA-approved device will typically charge your insurance company for the device and/or procedure. They may then provide follow-up visits at no cost to your insurance company, and include a “patient stipend,” a payment to the individual who is participating in the clinical trial. In this example, in exchange for a stipend of, say, $500, the participant may be required to attend 20 follow-up appointments, and they may also be required to alter their lifestyle for the duration of the study. Of course, 20 follow-up appointments means your health is being monitored very closely, much more than typical health insurance could provide!