Last study for me at Hassman was a healthy study with two dosings just prior/during MRI and 5 day stay or soing short. I do not recall signing VCT consent. And as some of the places have the finger scan thingy, Hassman doesn't do that either.
I'm curious about what it's like there to screen and in house-if the people are actually professional in attitude, phlebotomy skills, if the food is decent, and what the facility is like. There would be significant travel expense for me and I'm not interested in dealing with any more expensive trips that don't result in disclosure/ reasonable questions answered and walking away because those basics are not provided.
I don't know what to say overall. I was at much more organized CROs and worse ones as well. Are they professional in attitude?: It depends. The oriental nurse there handled my check-in a couple years ago and was very apt and eager to do the right thing. I just saw her on a screening there last week but it looks like she is part of administration now (not wearing scrubs/uniform). Is everyone like her? No! The other day the front desk peeps were bickering because someone didn't fill out a registration form correctly from on-staff. I almost said soing to the doctors. Are the doctors professional? I think so. The female doctor there did my last screening and was quite thorough but not the point where she found things that she felt would be negatory in the process. But I mentioned I had two toes that were curled due to arthritis and she looked at them, but I am doing that study once stuff clears up with the health concerns of the virus. Phlebotomy skills: I think once when I was on a study there some of the draws were iffy. However, the other day when I got screened, the phlebotomist was fantastic. I say that because I have one good vein in one arm. I have been at other studies where some magic phlebotomists at hospitals found other good veins where I didn't expect them but for this past week, I didn't even feel the blood draw, really. Plus I drank so much I felt like I was growing a hump on my back. ; ) Disclosure: You have ample opportunity to ask questions when they have you sign the consent. I usually don't ask much other than payment schedule and/or what is the most likely chance that I would be dq'd of the screen and the female doctor didn't really give me much insight. My question would be is there a specific range of urea they were looking for or other inflammatory indicators in the blood work that I should prepare myself for because I'm arthritic and feared they would find some inflammatory marker that would dq me. Nope! No real answer. Someone else who was there that I had to meet with said they were mostly looking for dirty urine, things like that. She also said the labs being ed are less intricate than some other lab s she saw for other studies and it turned out to be accurate because my labs came back ok. Now if they were really digging for inflammatory markers, it might not have gone so well. Plus I made sure I did certain things before hand that I don't want to discuss that would mitigate certain things if I DID have inflammation markers in urine or blood. Once you are there the screening goes well with young lab associates being courteous and friendly, it seems. We talked and joked the whole time except when my strip was actually being run for print. I mean I am not sure what you are used to but there are lots of worse places than this right in the same area (Parexel, which I boycotted after one doctor there told me I would NEVER do a study there. So when I used to call for one there, I would ask the study doctor and if it was the snarky one, I would say "no". ) As far as disclosure they are NOT going to tell you the meat in the matter if it's not supposed to be elaborated on for any reason. I was at a screening somewhere that is no longer in operation and was told my (I think) phosphorus was .004 out of range or some ridiculous miniscule number. If I knew that is what they were looking at, I would have taken supplements to counter that. Now a lot of screens will ask if you do take supplements. I only take them when I feel like I am run down such as with taking extra vit c or zinc or soing like that but I do not disclose it. Also I said stuff to other clinics like I once had about 30 years ago a rash from taking soing and now I am barred from there unless I get a doctor to say I do not show any reactions to that or any other therapeutics so just look out for yourself. On another topic there were lots of cancels for screening just last week due to the current situation. So I am sure that helped my chances as well.
I know. The study page on Hassman's website has just about any type of study you could want listed but it does not mean the study is active. You have to do the Frontage routine with them meaning call every week and see if anything is coming up. It gets tedious but when I get itchy for a study I have to. They usually call if are on their list and they feel you meet the enrollment criteria. It is not often, though. But once I did call and someone said they did have a inpatient study that would be starting and they had to fill the last slot because someone else failed an MRI for whatever reason. I was the only one on that study though there were others going on at the same time. I had no roommate for the two-bed room and it went fast. YMMV