Why should I participate in research?
1. To facilitate advances in mental health.Before any drug can be sold in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires it to undergo a rigorous four phase testing process. In order for advances in medicine to take place, the drug must be tested for safety as well as efficacy. All the drugs we work with have already passed the initial phase of testing and come from reputatable companies. (Sanofi-Aventis, Novartis, Abbott Laboratories, Eli Lilly, Astra Zeneca, Forest, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Wyeth, etc...)All studies are strictly overseen by the FDA, at least one Internal Review Board, and the drug company and/or other designated company specializing in pharmaceutical research.2. Participation is at no cost.All study related medications and procedures are provided at no cost to eligible participants. After patients have completed participation in a study, they are offered follow-up care at no cost for a minimum of six months.
3. You are followed much more thoroughly and closely.During the screening process study candidates are typically given a blood test, and ECG, and physical exam (at no cost). Throughout the study every participant is given vital signs, blood tests, ECG, and other measures are used to ensure the highest level of safety.4. To help others who suffer with mental illness.All of the information we gather brings us closer to more effective treatments and a potential cure.