Today I made a video for a study participant who sent me an email asking where he can find an inpatient healthy volunteer study in order to pick up some extra income. The first website I recommend he check out is Just Another Lab Rat which is a good site despite me not necessarily agreeing with the name, I understand that it is a catchy title that can generate lots of attention. I actually tried to interview the founder of JALR on this website but so far I have been (politely) turned down. In either case, I like to create videos for study participants from time to time and in regards to Phase 1 healthy volunteer studies, I have actually done quite a few videos and interviews with former study participants on this topic. Here is a good one, with author of the controversial book “The Professional Guinea Pig”. Here is one where I interview a healthy volunteer study participant. Finally, here is one where I interviewed a study participant while he was actually in an inpatient unit although my tech skills at the time were not so great as I did not have Skype call recorder yet, it was an old school cell-phone speakerphone interview, but nonetheless, it was a good interview.
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Why choose to participate in clinical trials…is it REALLY about the money?
A word about paid studies. Let’s face it, many people that I’ve run across, not only at my own clinic, but also at industry conventions and other such events, choose to do studies for the payments. This especially becomes evident in phase 1, healthy volunteer studies, where the study participants jokingly refer to themselves as “professional guinea pigs”.
I would just like to say that while there is nothing necessarily wrong with doing studies primarily for the payment, many people, especially those in phase 2-4 studies, don’t consider payment the primary reason for doing studies. For many people that I’ve come across, traditional therapies that are already available on the market do not work as well as previously anticipated, and these people seek newer treatments, not yet available to the public, via clinical trials. In cases such as these, payment becomes a mere afterthought, and the treatment of the disorder or disease become the primary motivator. Furthermore, many patients feel as though they actually receive better medical attention when they participate in studies. This may be true in many cases, as some outpatient study visits may take anywhere from 1-4 hours, and all bases are pretty much covered in terms of a clinical perspective (vital signs, labwork, ECG’s, MRI’s, CT Scans, quality of life surveys, etc).
Many of these procedures, while often important, will never get recommended in a non-study setting due to ever increasing pressure from insurance companies to keep costs down, however in a study, these procedures would never be overlooked. This may be a sign of the times, and evidence of how broken our medical system actually is.
In this second part to our discussion on clinical trials in Russia, we discuss a few interesting differences between trials in the United States as Russia such as a significant amount of government corruption, the lack of study coordinators, and the centralization of most study vendors when it comes to specific protocols. I interviewed Anton Akulov, a Russian psychiatrist who currently works as a sub-investigator for my company in the United States and I hope you find this discussion interesting. We also discussed by the way, the fact that in Russia, most clinical trial participants are not compensated for their time in the studies like they are in the States. For you Russians out there as an added bonus, check out Anton’s shoutout to you guys in Russian towards the end of the video.
Today I was lucky enough to discuss clinical trials in Russia and the similarities between trials in the United States and Russia. I was joined by South Coast Clinical Trials employee Anton Akulov who is a licensed psychiatrist in Russia and currently serves as one of our sub-investigators here in the States as he just moved here a few months ago. I find it fascinating how similar trials, and even similar protocols can have differences in the way they are executed in various countries. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this interview shortly!
This video was inspired by another question I received regarding study coordinators and the monitors that they deal with. Through my years of working in this industry, I have come across hundreds of monitors (CRA’s). For those of you who need to learn what a CRA is, check out one of my older videos here. Basically, the point of this viewer’s question was how to deal with a particularly difficult monitor. My advice is talk to the monitor about it first, then if not resolved contact your PI and perhaps even have the monitor changed at your site. It doesn’t happen often, but in some cases it may be necessary to do so. I even get into some of the financials situations that sites may experience when comparing one monitor to another and have written about it here. As always, please share your thoughts and comments.