My most reliable clinic by far is Worldwide Clinical Trials (formerly Cedra) in San Antonio. If you include when they also had a branch in Austin, I did at least 15, maybe 20 studies there over about 4 years; and if I screened for a study there then I got in and completed the study over 80% of the time. I think only maybe a couple times did I get relegated to being a backup there.
The downside is they don't always have super high paying studies there, they often have $1200 or $1500 studies, and many of the studies have multiple outpatient visits. However they often have 5 or 6 or more studies recruiting at any one time, and they will often also have studies that are up over $2000. Some clinics will often have 1 or 2 or none studies recruiting when you check them, but WCT seems to always have soing.
And even if you strike out there, just a few miles away is Icon, at which I have also had good success getting good studies.
A great plan is to just cruise out to Austin or San Antonio and plan on living there for a few months, you could do a couple studies and make some dough. Now would be a good time, it can get chilly in the winter, but the TX summer is brutal.
Well, once again Mike, you've helped me.me. Thanks again. I may be in either New York or Kansas this summer, but either way, I will be doing my first study. Thanks again. Who knows? Maybe I'll meet you
I was just living in New York for a few years, and I can tell you that it's slim pickins in NYC. Most people there go to in New Haven or Parexel in Baltimore. From what I can tell, the place in Buffalo seems to ignore anyone who isn't based in Buffalo.
If you don't live in New York, I wouldn't go there for a study - things are too expensive. The midwest has many options (Medpace, Covance Madison and Evansville, Quintilles, ), it's easy to get around, and expenses will be less than the northeast.
I have veins that are hit-or-miss. I usually drink a carton of O.J. the night before appointments (but not after the fasting cut-off time), along with a gallon of water gradually. The more and sooner you hydrate, the better. Wearing long sleeves like a hoodie to the appointment seems to help, too. That way your veins don't contract in response to the A/C.
And yeah, regarding the medical questionnaire, the answer 'NO' goes a long way.
Also, I second mike on the hotel thing: franchises maintain better standards than independents. Take TripAdvisor reviews with a grain of salt, too.