Why participate in clinical research?

In some cases, existing medical treatments or devices may not be effective for everyone. Clinical trials help determine if new treatments are more effective than those currently used. Clinical trials are also used to improve medications and devices that are already in use. Most medical treatments widely available today, have been tested using clinical trials in the past.

“If other research facilities conducted their business the way G & L does, medical research would be far ahead of where it is today. They are a credit to the industry.” H.G., Daphne, AL

“This is the best and most professional staff that I have ever been involved with! I’ve been in the medical profession since 1966. I hate not to make my weekly visits!” J.B., Robertsdale, AL

What can I expect from a clinical trial?

If you choose to participate in a clinical trial, you will be given information about the treatment as well as any potential risks and benefits of your participation. The research professional supervising the trial will ask you to give your informed consent. Informed consent is an acknowledgment that you understand the potential risks and benefits of the clinical trial, that you have been given the opportunity to ask questions, and that you are participating freely.

During the trial it is important that you communicate regularly with your dedicated research staff. Participants receive study specific procedures, test, examinations, supplies (test strips, monitors, etc…) and medication free of charge. Most studies offer compensation for both time and travel. If the study treatment was effective for you, you may be able to continue the treatment after your completion of the trial.

“This is an awesome opportunity, if you have High Blood Pressure and want to contribute by participating in the research. I urge you to give them a call to find out if you are eligible to participate. I am going to a clinical study now....jd” J.D., Loxley, AL

“The nurses were available anytime I needed them. The study medication worked great. My back never felt so good. Thanks girls.” J.S., Birmingham, AL

Am I eligible to volunteer?

Most people are eligible to participate in clinical trials. Many trials are for individuals that have a specific condition or illness and may benefit from the study treatment. All clinical trials have specific guidelines about who may or may not participate. Using Inclusion/Exclusion criteria is an important part of research and helps to produce more accurate and reliable results. Inclusion/Exclusion factors are based on factors such as age, gender, type and stage of disease or illness, previous treatment history, and other existing medical conditions.

“Overall, my experience with G & L has exceeded my expectations. I have been extremely well treated and have enjoyed working with G & L.” L.D., Pensacola, FL

“These folks really do assist the drug companies in finding out what works and what doesn't. What's more, the entire staff is very polite, professional and well informed. Help them, in their quest to research different types of treatments, while there's still time. One day you might wish you could and it will be too late.” H. G., Daphne, AL

Are clinical trials safe?

The safety of volunteers and patient is always our highest priority at G & L Research. All clinical trials are reviewed by a panel of doctors and other medical professionals to determine if a study is safe, ethical, and well-designed. Although the results of the clinical trial are reported to the medical community, your name will never be used in these reports. Your participation is always anonymous. Participation is completely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time.