N is for Needle - before and during a clinical trial, we will need to draw some blood for testing, even if the study drug does not require an injection. Clinical trials are very safe, but if you have a fear of needles they might not be for you.
Q is for Quinine! One of our study restrictions is quinine, the substance which gives tonic water its distinctive bitter taste. This stuff is rumoured to treat leg cramps and actually glows under UV light!
R is for Recruitment - your first port of call when considering clinical trials! Your friendly recruitment team can tell you all about clinical trials and help you to decide if they're right for you. A recruiter will take details about your medical history from childhood and your current lifestyle to help match you to a suitable trial, so allow 20 mins for your recruitment call.
G is for Gilberts - Gilbert's Syndrome is harmless but common- around 1 in 10 people have it. Gilberts affects the body's ability to control a substance called bilirubin, and can lead to bouts of jaundice, but many people have Gilbert's without even knowing it! Before a clinical trial, we will always ask if you have Gilbert's syndrome, as a build up of bilirubin could be mistaken for a side-effect. For some of our paid clinical trials, people with Gilberts will be excluded.
J is for Juice - specifically grapefruit and cranberry juice! Before a clinical trial with Covance, you will have to cut grapefruit and cranberry out of your diet for a few weeks, as they can affect the way your body processes medicines!
The A-Z of Clinical Trials - Y is for You. Being a volunteer on a clinical trial is your chance to make a huge difference. We couldn't do it without you. And if you didn't volunteer in your thousands, the entire pharmaceutical industry would grind to a halt. Did you know how powerful you really are?
V is for Volunteer! Where else could you earn from a day for being a Volunteer? Your time is precious, and your help is very valuable because without volunteers, there would be no new treatments - it's as simple as that!
P is for Physician - Prior to being accepted onto a trial, you will have to be assessed by one of our Physicians to make sure the study doesn't put you at any risk. Once you're on a study, you will remain in this designated Physician's care.
M is for Myths- there are many surrounding clinical trials, which might make you nervous about taking part. Here are a few facts - we've never cut off anyone's toes. We've never paid anyone a huge sum of money to have their heart stopped. We never test anything which we don't believe to be beneficial to health and wellbeing.