North Alabama Research Center Looking For Volunteers

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - If you have health issues, but can’t afford your medications, there may be an option for you in Athens.

The North Alabama Research Center is always looking for volunteers to try new medications before they go on the market.  The center performs clinical trials.

Some of their current studies involve people with high cholesterol, type two diabetes, a history of heart attacks, asthma, gout, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, COPD.

Lisa Shepard, Co-director of Research at North Alabama Research Center says, “90% of our studies that are enrolling now are drugs already on the market , but that’s how they find out if maybe a diabetes medicine helps the patient that has high blood pressure.”

North Alabama Research Center contracts with pharmaceutical companies for new drugs coming out on the market, or for drugs that are already on the market but may be combined with another drug.

There is no charge for the medications and patients receive a stipend to help pay for their time and transportation costs.

Even if you can afford medications or have insurance, this is a great option for those who want to help future patients down the road.

For more information, call (256) 771-9919.

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