Post by ssa2016 on Sept 15, 2014 19:42:57 GMT -5
I participated in studies at the old Cetero/Pracs facility in St. Charles in 2011 and 2012. Since Pharma Medica took over the site, I've participated in 2 studies. I was enrolled in a third slated to start in June but it was cancelled. I agree with a lot of the previous posts regarding the site, especially the food. They didn't have any studies available during the month of August. The schedule seems to have changed recently regarding when the studies start and end. For example, a lot of them used to run from Friday night to Sunday morning or Sunday evening. Now, a lot of them are scheduled for a start on Thursday evening through Saturday or start on Saturday evening running through Monday. The ones that started on Friday evenings and ended on Sundays were more convenient for me because I wouldn't have to miss any work. Fortunately, I have some vacation days saved up so I can participate in one that starts on Thursday evening and ends on Saturday. They don't administer a physical until the day the study begins and also have one when it ends. There are some other differences as well. Check-in is generally at 4:00 p.m. the first period if you dose the following morning, and 6:00 p.m. for the return periods. For some of the studies, you have the option of showing up within a 1 hour window of your scheduled return blood draw, which is somewhat convenient. Also, they generally dose at around 7:30 in the morning, which is different from Cetero/Pracs who would dose around 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. Therefore, you don't have to get up at 2:30 a.m. the day of dosing but can sleep in a little bit. Last, you may have to wait a little longer after your study is over if the payout for the study exceeds $2500. If it does, you don't get paid until a week (6-7 business days) after the study is completed. If it's less than $2500,you generally receive your pay 4 business days after the study is completed. Aside from that, a lot of the same rules apply as before. They do give you priority for studies if you complete one and meet all the requirements, as well as giving you priority for another study if one you're enrolled in is cancelled. I hope this helps.