Physicians Research Group has partnered with P3 Research in New Zealand to offer the pharmaceutical, biotech, and device industry an alternative and cost-effective solution to conduct their early phase clinical trials.
Clinical Research Fastrack and Physicians Research Group have joined forces to help jumpstart careers in clinical research. Keep reading to learn more about this exciting partnership and what it means for aspiring individuals interested in clinical research.
National Suicide Prevention Week is this week and PRG is working with mental health professionals to help provide support and combat the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. You heard me, the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. I don’t know about you but I find that statistic staggering. Mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, and even counselors dedicate their lives to helping individuals cope with mental health issues i.e., depression and anxiety. So why are so many people committing suicide? Is it the lack of accessibility to health care providers? Is it the fact that mental health issues can be a taboo topic in today’s society?
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.
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!
Physicians Research Group Offers Transparency in Paid Clinical Trials
If you suffer from psoriasis, you probably find that the holiday season brings more than cheer and excitement. The stress and fatigue that come with holiday preparations and non-stop festivities create the perfect recipe for plaque flare-ups. And those plaque flare-ups can actually make you more tired.
But Why Does Psoriasis Make Me So Tired?
There are proteins in the body, called cytokines, that are released during inflammatory reactions, such as psoriasis. It is hypothesized that these cytokines are working hard to help control the immune system’s inflammatory response—an activity that requires a lot of energy. This means that having the ability to control your psoriasis could actually save your body this output of energy, and this will make you feel better and less tired. And if you are less tired, you are less likely to have a flare up during a stressful time.
Clinical Trial Offers Hope for Psoriasis Sufferers
There is a plethora of pills, topical, and biologic injections that can help control psoriasis for many people. But if you have tried multiple therapies and nothing has worked, should you just keep taking or using something that provides minimal or no improvement? Most would say no!
Researchers are making advancements toward finding new, more ideal and effective medications for individuals dealing with the various types of psoriasis. If current therapies or medications haven’t worked for you, consider enrolling in a clinical trial.
Suffering from infertility can be an extremely emotional and difficult experience for individuals--and for couples. Without the ability to create a family, many feel less than whole. And solutions don’t always come easily.
Infertility is also a very common ailment. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1 in 8 couples suffer from some form of infertility, which may be related to one or both members of the relationship. The causes of infertility are varied, and some causes are much less common than others.
One of the most serious fall injuries is a broken hip. It is hard to recover from a hip fracture, and afterward many people are not able to live on their own. As the U.S. population ages, the number of hip fractures is likely to go up. More than 300,000 patients in the U.S. experience hip fractures each year with the number expected to increase to 700,000 by the year 2050, driven by the increased life spans and aging of the baby boom generation.
If you suffer from rosacea, you have something in common with the late Princess Diana, Bill Clinton, and over 16 million other Americans.
Rosacea is a common skin condition that creates redness in the face and may produce small, red bumps. It mainly occurs in middle-aged women with fair skin, but as we see with Bill Clinton, it can occur in anyone. Rosacea can worsen over time, and signs and symptoms may flare up for weeks to months before subsiding.
Meet Tara – the lead coordinator on the IVF fertility trial. Tara has been working in the fertility field since 2012 as a nurse at Fertility Treatment Center (FTC). She has been interested in women’s health all throughout nursing school and knew that once she obtained her RN license that she would want to try and find a job in that area. She was given the opportunity to work at FTC in 2012. Tara has two kids herself, and loves the idea of helping people become pregnant and knows the joy that kids can bring to your life. Helping someone feel the same joy that she has, is what got her interested in research. Tara joined Physicians Research Group in 2015 and is now the lead coordinator on the fertility trials. We are currently enrolling patients in a study that compares two FDA approved drugs used in an IVF cycle. Tara has provided an overview of how the first visit goes and what the consenting process is like for patients interested in this trial.