Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I participate in a clinical trial?
Participating in a clinical trial is a great way to help with the development of safer, better drugs. Additionally, clinical trial volunteers are compensated for their time and travel.

How do I find out about clinical trials?
You can learn more about the clinical trials we currently have available at PRA by visiting this website or by calling our Recruiting Office at:
Lenexa, KS: 913-410-2900 or Toll Free on 1-888-772-2808
Marlton, NJ and Philadelphia, PA: 1-866-549-3112
Salt Lake City, UT: 1-888-927-9898

What questions should I ask before agreeing to participate in a clinical trial?
You have the right to ask any questions before volunteering. Some questions may include:

What is the intended use of the drug?
What are the risks?
What kind of procedures will be carried out and how often will they be done?
How long does the trial last?

What is an Informed Consent?
An Informed Consent is a document that explains the details of the study, including the potential risks and benefits, as well as your rights and responsibilities. Participants must be provided all the facts about a trial before giving consent to participate. This includes treatment details and possible side effects of taking the investigational product.

How are participants protected?
Every clinical trial in the United States must be approved and monitored by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to make sure the risks are as low as possible and are worth any potential benefits before testing can begin. As a volunteer, you have the right to refuse treatment at any point in the clinical trial and leave, at any time and for any reason, with no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

Who can participate in a clinical trial?
Each clinical trial has guidelines for patients based on specific factors, such as age, medical history and current health. The inclusion and exclusion criteria in each study protocol are used to identify the volunteers best suited to participate in the trial.

Where are the clinical trials conducted?
PRA conducts clinical trials in all four of our clinical research centers located in the United States - addresses can be found here. For in-house studies, volunteers stay within the Units during the trial and generally are not allowed to leave the premises due to safety reasons. Out-patient trials do not require any overnight stays.

What happens in a clinical trial?
During a clinical trial you will receive one or more doses of the medication that is being studied. This will be done at scheduled times and may occur once a day or multiple times throughout the day, depending on the medication. The daily schedule for the volunteer may also include vital signs, blood work, physical exam or other types of medical tests that are necessary to gather the required data about the study medication. In some studies, some of the volunteers do not receive the study medication, but instead receive a placebo (a substance having no pharmacological effect but administered as a control). All study volunteers are closely monitored by our clinic staff and medical team to ensure subject safety.

Are clinical trials safe?
All clinical trials involve some form of risk. As you know from reading the back of an aspirin bottle, serious side effects are possible when taking any medication. The safety and well-being of participants is always our number one priority at PRA. PRA has been successfully conducting trials for more than 20 years and has an excellent safety record. Insert link back to page on Safety & Privacy.

Will I be paid for taking part in a clinical trial?
Yes, you will be compensated for your time during the study. Compensation varies based on the length of the trial.

How long do clinical trials last?
In-house trials can involve from one overnight stay to several weeks. We also conduct out-patient trials where periodic visits are required over a period of time.

What happens at a screening appointment?
You are provided with information about the study, and a doctor will give you a physical exam. Blood and urine samples will be taken. If your health status matches the criteria for the study, you will be given the option to participate.