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Merkaba 03-17-2006 01:09 AM

"No Doctor, I feel fine"...
Well it's pretty interesting and frightening all these drug trials going sour right now. I know of the one over in England where all but 1 person was pretty much crippled and raced to intensive care. I also just heard about the one in Japan in which several people have died.

Is the pay packet worth it? Would you take the risks seriously before taking part?

I've done one before, when I first turned 18, and it was testing a drug concerning oesteoporosis (bone weakness). The risks were clearly stated as a chance of heartburn, stomach ulcers, back pain. Why did I do it? Well first of all there was the fact this drug had already been tested on humans and released in Europe. They had just made a few changes, which is what they really wanted to test. But I knew it must be fairly safe if they'd already set it out on the market. Far safer then an entirely unknown drug. The best thing is the clinic which I volunteered for was absolutely impecable in procedure, things were timed to the second.

The second reason was $3300 for a few weekends work. And thats lasted a long time haha.

What do you reckon? The cash sure is nice.

If you survive.

[MERIT] 03-17-2006 07:58 AM

id drink my own piss for $3,000

TheBig3 03-17-2006 09:29 AM

That was enlightening.

Barnard17 03-17-2006 09:56 AM

Worth it? More than. Of all the drugs trials going on simultaneously it's incredible that so few go foul. They safe for the most part, and of those that do have negative affects you always have the right to pull out. You're helping society, and getting a nice pay packet at the same time.

Merkaba 03-17-2006 02:48 PM

Yeah thats quite right. The one I took part in, 6 of the 8 guys got some form of muscle stiffness in the back and neck. One guy was asked to drop out because he suffered the worst, but being asked to drop out meant you got paid out in full and that was after only one of 3 dosages, so he got 3300 for one weekends work and not 3.

I'd totally do another one if I had the time I'd say.

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