If you’re exploring your options for earning some extra money, you may have considered clinical drug testing. Each time a drug goes to the market, it has to be tested beforehand, and users are usually required for this.
Here are five things you need to know before taking part in such trials.
1. The different types of trials
You will be required to meet a certain list of criteria before taking part, because of the riskiness of the trial. The trials for testing drugs work in phases, where the first phase is when the drug is very new and has not been tested before. With each new phase, there is less risk.
2. Risk does not make a difference
Payment for trials is not based on risk, but other factors such as the length of the trial overall, the number of hours you are available for testing and sometimes travel expenses for traveling to and from the centre. Only you know whether the testing is worth the risk. Sometimes, the cause may be great enough, as in the example of testing for Parkinsons UK.
3. Testing can be a lengthy process
Drug testing can take weeks and possibly months to complete. This must be taken into consideration.
You may be required to spend the night at the facility and must weigh up whether this is realistic for you, as shown in the frequently asked questions on the Trials 4 Us website: http://www.trials4us.co.uk/.
4. You will be screened before you get a chance to test the drug
Drug testers must go through a medical exam to make sure that they are in good health and a suitable candidate for taking the drug to be tested in the paid clinical trials.
An example is shown on the Trials 4 us website: http://www.trials4us.co.uk/.
5. You might not take the drug
All the clinical trials have different testing groups that will take the drug under different conditions, perhaps taking different amounts. To make the trial fair, there will always be one group, known as the placebo group, who do not take the drug at all.
Overall, it is up to you to weigh up the pros and cons of whether this is going to be a suitable casual income earner for you.