There are many different types of clinical trials.
In a typical clinical trial, one group of volunteers receives the drug being studied, and another group of volunteers receives a placebo (also known as a “sugar pill” which looks or acts like the study treatment but has no therapeutic action) to compare the two groups.
In other trials, every volunteer may receive the drug or treatment being studied with no placebo involved.
Some studies involve investigational drugs, while other studies involve already approved FDA treatments.
Some clinical trials take place in an office setting, while others require volunteers to sleep overnight for monitoring.
Every protocol is different and Pillar Clinical Research is happy to explain and guide you through any potential studies you are interested in.
Comparing a study drug or treatment to a placebo often is the surest and most effective way to demonstrate the effectiveness of potential new treatments.
Some symptoms may improve even if a participant is not on the investigational medication. This is called the placebo effect. Thus, clinical trials try to collect information to determine if the study treatment is actually more effective than the power of placebo itself.
Interested volunteers are informed before they enter a trial whether placebos will be used in the study and the risks and benefits of the study medication(s).
Each clinical trial has its own specific set of criteria regarding who is or isn’t eligible to participate. For example, some of the criteria may be based on age, weight, what medications you are currently taking, how long you’ve had your illness, etc. So, not everyone who applies for a clinical trial will be eligible.
Once you contact Pillar, we will conduct a brief phone screen to see if a study may be a good fit for you. From there, we will set up a no-cost “Pre-Screening” interview. Transportation to this office interview can be provided. This in-person interview will help us determine whether or not you potentially qualify for a study. If you are a potential candidate, we will set up an official “screening” visit.
Once you arrive at the research site for your “screening” appointment, you will receive an “Informed Consent” document. This document provides a description of the research study, the potential risks, and benefits, your rights as a study participant, any agreed-upon compensation related to study participation, and emergency contact information. You will be given ample time to review this on your own in addition to having this reviewed with you by a designated research staff member. We will answer your questions and address any concerns so you can make an informed decision to consent or not or whether you’d like to think it over more before deciding. No research study-related procedures will be performed until informed consent is signed. You will be provided with a copy of the signed informed consent for your records
Pillar Clinical Research participates in clinical trials that involve novel investigational compounds as well as FDA approved products. Trials range from seeking volunteers who have not received any treatment for their current episode of depression to those who are currently getting treated but not responding well to their regimen. Follow our blog or social media for the most up-to-date info on open enrolling studies.
Pillar Clinical Research has expertise in conducting research studies for schizophrenia, “negative” symptom schizophrenia trials, cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia trials, trials involving long-acting intramuscular and subcutaneous injections in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Follow our blog or social media for the most up-to-date info on open enrolling studies.
Bipolar Disorder clinical trials typically involve outpatient bipolar depression studies as well as inpatient acute manic/mixed episode studies. Follow our blog or social media for the most up-to-date info on open enrolling studies.
Clinical trials for substance use can range from studies involving alcohol use disorders, smoking cessation to opioid/opiate use disorder in both inpatient/outpatient settings. Follow our blog or social media for the most up-to-date info on open enrolling studies.
There are certain studies where healthy volunteers are needed. These types of studies are examining and learning about what a study drug and its chemical properties once someone takes them. Healthy volunteer studies may determine how long it takes the study medication to absorb or clear from the body, or what adverse issues are noted. Follow our blog or social media for the most up to date info on open enrolling studies.
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