Kathryn Jean Lucas, MD
Why I do Clinical Research
Every medication we have available currently had to go through multiple clinical trials to be proven safe and effective before the FDA would approve it. Phase 1 studies involve testing of normal subjects with the new medication to show safety of the medication at various doses. Phase 2 studies involve using the medication in patients with a specific disease to determine side-effects and doses needed. Phase 3 studies are larger clinical trials involving hundreds to thousands of patients to further show the effectiveness and safety of the medication. Most of the studies we are doing are Phase 3. We occasionally do a Phase 2 study.
In endocrinology, we are always looking for new medications to help diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, osteoporosis, and prevent heart disease. I do clinical studies to provide my patients with the opportunity to try out a new medication. During a clinical study, the disease in question such as diabetes is looked at more closely and more frequently that in an average office visit. Monitoring supplies, medication, and lab work is provided at no charge. Patients have the opportunity to contribute to knowledge about a new medication.
We have nurses in our office to assist me as study coordinators. They will take care of the needs of the study patients and answer any questions they may have.
Most patients involved in clinical trials feel that they are getting value out of the experience. They are concentrating more on their diabetes during the study and, that focus, in the long run helps them better manage their disease in the future.
Participants may not always know what medication they are taking, but they certainly know if they feel better on it and if their underlying disease has improved.
If you fit any of the following descriptions and think you may qualify for one of these studies, please call our office.
We have studies involving patients with high cholesterol. Call our office and talk with one of the study nurses about what the specific requirements are for our current studies. If you do not qualify for studies right now, ask to be added to our confidential database so we may notify you of future studies. We are finishing and starting new studies throughout the year.
The benefits to participants are medication, lab work, and medical evaluation at no charge to them. The participants also receive a glucose monitor, strips, and receive diabetes education at no charge to them.
If you are interested in participating in this study, please call Adelle, Brooke, or Danielle with Diabetes & Endocrinology Consultants, PC at 252-222-5700 Ext. 114, 116, or 110 or e-mail Dr. Lucas (lucas@BeachDoctor.com).
From time to time we also have osteoporosis, insulin pump, and weight loss studies. If you do not qualify for studies right now, ask to be added to our confidential database so we may notify you of future studies. We are finishing and starting new studies throughout the year.
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