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Research - Question / Answer

 What are Clinical Trials?
 Why should I participate in a clinical trial?
 How are clinical trials organized?
 Who is eligible for clinical trials?
 Are such studies safe?
 How do i enroll?
 Will my doctor get upset if I choose not to go into a trial?
 Who pays?

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 What are Clinical Trials?
Clinical trials evaluate various treatment methods which in turn help in the fight to decrease death or injury from various medical conditions. If a new treatment proves helpful in a study, it may become a new "standard treatment" that can be used with all patients. Some of today's most important standard treatments came from prior clinical studies. Clinical trials are designed to investigate various scientific questions with these answers leading to further research or treatment recommendations. The progress made through clinical trials in treating various medical conditions means people may live longer, healthier and happier lives. 

These are studies of various medical problems that rely on volunteers to test new ways of treating, testing, or preventing a disease. They usually develop from studies in the laboratory or with animals that have shown promising results in the treatment of particular diseases. A clinical trial is designed to answer very specific questions concerning new therapies in the treatment of a disease. They are guided by a protocol which is a step by step guide for the nurse and physician to follow in treating, evaluating and following the condition to make sure the treatment is working .

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 Why should I participate in a clinical trial?
The patients who participate in clinical trials get the most up to date care from physicians that are working in conjunction with nationally and internationally known physicians. These experts are passing on knowledge to the providers of Olive Branch Family Medical who are then improving the care of their individual patients (both those in studies as well as those not participating). These patients typically receive either a new treatment being tested or the best existing standard treatment for their problem being studied. When new treatments prove effective or better than standard treatment, study patients who get it may be the first to benefit.

 How are clinical trials organized?
All drugs go through several phases of development before they are released for general use by the public. 

Phase 1 trials focus on the safety of the drug, including how it should be given and at what dose. The patients will be monitored for side effects and how the drug is removed from the body over time. Usually this is with healthy volunteers and generally few in number. 

Phase 2 studies focus on the safety and treatment effectiveness. The physician will monitor the patient for side effects and how well the medical condition responds to the study drug. 

Phase 3
 studies compare current treatment versus new approach or drug. New treatments may include new medications, new dosages, or new combinations of medications. Patients are randomly assigned to receive the experimental treatment or the current therapy.

Phase 4 studies gather more specific information on drugs that have already been approved by the FDA.

The Research Department of Olive Branch Family Medical conducts some Phase 2 studies but mostly Phase 3 and 4 studies.

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 Who is eligible for clinical trials?
Each study has very specific criteria for who can or cannot be included. People who are possibly harmed by study drugs are not allowed to enroll. To be able to participate all of the inclusion criteria must be met and NONE of the exclusion criteria can be met. These are reviewed by nursing personnel., then by the physician, then by an individual tasked to monitor every study site and patient.

 Are such studies safe?
The FDA oversees all research involving humans. The agency weighs the potential risks and benefits of each study and determines what things should be evaluated more thoroughly. Every study is reviewed by an IRB (Institutional Review Board) which has the task of making sure the study does not put the patient at risk, has a potential benefit, and has requirements for closely monitoring the patient through exams and laboratory studies. The IRB includes people from the community such as clergy, health professionals, and consumers. Volunteers receive written information explaining the study, the benefits, the risks, and the patient's rights. Patients may drop out of a study at any given time.

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 How do I enroll?
After you and your health care provider have determined that you are eligible for a clinical trial, a nurse will explain the study to you. She will inform you of the purpose of the study, the procedures involved, how long the trial will last, and benefits or risks to you. She will ask you to sign a document saying all of this has been discussed with you---- this is called informed consent. It is NOT a contract and you CAN quit the study at any time.

 Will my doctor get upset with me if I do not go into a clinical trial?
Your health care provider is primarily interested in your health. His/Her participation in clinical trials is just another way for them to obtain the most comprehensive and up to date medical knowledge concerning your medical disease and to offer you the option of participating in this "cutting edge" medical therapy. That is why they spend a lot of time explaining the studies to you and letting you make the final decision. No matter whether you participate or not in the study, he or she is doing their best to improve your health .

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 Who Pays? 
The study's sponsor covers the costs of the medications being evaluated in the study, the office visits associated with the study, and the lab work monitoring the study.

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Medical Conditions that have been studied in the past.

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Premature Ejaculation
  • Pneumonia
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Female Sexual Dysfunction
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Gastroenterology
  • Lipid
  • Influenza
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Postmenopausal Bleeding
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Migraine
  • COPD
  • Hypertriglyceridemia
  • Viral Respiratory Infection
  • Birth Control
  • Male Sexual Dysfunction
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cholesterol
  • Alzheimer’s

Trials that are currently open for patients to be able to enroll in 

  • Gout
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Adolescent Smoking Cessation
  • Female Sexual Dysfunction
  • Asprin Safety for Daily Asprin use



Contact information
If you are interested in participating in one of our clinical trials or have a medical condition and you would like to get started with one of our studies please contact Kerry Moore at (662)893-8474 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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