Everyone notice the winter study shortage at PPD? It was a bit rough everywhere, but I have it on good authority by two PPD employees that this is what happened:
So, BM got PPD to run a bunch of studies for them. But, PPD screwed up the blood samples. Wrong tubes for the entire duration of the study. And Boosh! BM pulls its studies. It might have even left PPD entirely.
In my opinion its about time. PPD has been getting sloppier and sloppier with its blood draws and Phlebotomists training. They could have been reasonable about it and listened to their Volunteers complaints. But instead they have the Ts tell us that we can't choose who does a blood draw. So that we are intimidated into being training fodder for their noob techs. Now, it's come full circle and bit them in the ***. Hopefully for millions of dollars.
In comparison to other clinics, I have always felt that PPD has always had an attitude of, "Screw you, we hold all the cards and consider yourself lucky if we even consider letting you participate in one of our most excellent studies."
I'm not saying that other clinics go out of their way to always kiss the participants' butts, but they at least usually try to work with you and give you some kind of consideracy.
I won't lose any sleep if they are having some troubles.
Post by smiling4areason on May 3, 2015 23:04:52 GMT -5
If by BM dropping PPD, you mean Bristol-Myers Squibb, you seem to be misinformed, they have been running BMS studies all year (2015)
As for PPD treating people badly?? Sure the T's have a job to do of keeping , and at times they are annoying but I've always found the staff in general quite accommodating and the over all environment very reasonable. I've only done 6-7 other clinics, but the only other clinic that was better, was a University Sleep Studies facility I did a couple at. I'm a bit surprised you feel that way toward them, not to say I doubt you feel that way, just surprised that my experience could be so different. To me, other than the sleep center, no one else even comes close to the respect and curiosity I've received at PPD.
Mike, I don't doubt you, but Squeeker I have questions about your true motives, you have very few posts and seem to have an agenda with PPD, did you get banned? This is only one of several threads you've started to bad mouth the 2 main Texas clinics. Me thinks you live in the Windy City or soing.
I do however think you'd be great on an IRB board.
Well I have never actually done a study at PPD which is probably why I dislike them; I screened there several times, but never got in for some reason or another; a couple times they got nitpicky about screening lab results, telling me I was out of range on soing, then when I researched it I found my results were fine, that PPD was using more stringent ranges for some of the labs. I almost never have problems with screening or other lab results at other clinics.
Then once I got into a study, but was designated an alternate and left the next day with 50 or 75 bucks, not enough to reimburse me for gas.
And it's my belief that other studies I didn't get into was probably because they called for an excessive number of alternates.
So I'm not giving any negative opinion on the staff; the phlebotomists and other people I dealt with there at screenings seemed to be largely professional and competent and friendly enough. I'm just irritated by their obnoxious screening policies wasting a lot of my time.