Thursday, March 31, 2016

"PMG Saved My Life"

There can be benefits to participating in a clinical research trial: you’re helping to advance medicine, it often offers a care option for those without insurance, you may have access to new FDA-approved treatments, and you may receive financial reimbursement along with no-cost study-related care. But can clinical research truly save your life? While it seems to be a far-fetched statement, truthfully, it very well can.

Mrs. Fowler learned about clinical research because her husband had been a regular participant with PMG Research. Like many of us, Mrs. Fowler visited her primary care doctor on an as-needed basis. However, as her high cholesterol continued to give her trouble, she felt that clinical research would be a care option to consider.

“I had tried every cholesterol medication they had on the market. It wasn’t working so I thought, ‘what can I lose?’”

During her participation in the study, Mrs. Fowler’s lab results began to show improvement. “My cholesterol was under 200 for the first time in 20 years.”

Mrs. Fowler came in for numerous routine visits during her participation in the study. Suddenly however, her lab results came back abnormal. Staff members at PMG quickly noticed this as a red flag and immediately referred her to her primary care doctor. She was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, and was able to begin receiving treatment for it immediately.

Mrs. Fowler’s cancer was caught early, but the likelihood of catching it had she not been in a trial is extremely slim. She had no obvious symptoms, nothing to indicate that she needed to see a doctor for anything other than her high cholesterol, and unfortunately this a common scenario for so many that do not receive regular check-ups with their primary care doctors. Participating in a clinical research study is an excellent way to monitor your health, even outside of the condition for which you’re participating. Often times labs are required that would not be performed in a typical yearly physical, sometimes uncovering rare and dangerous conditions that may have been able to slide under the radar in any other scenario.  

Mrs. Fowler’s story is incredible, yet isn’t as rare as you might think. A quick Google search will turn up countless attests to clinical research saving lives around the world.


Watch the video below to learn more about Mrs. Fowler’s amazing story.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Clinical Research as a Care Option – What does that mean, and why should I consider participating in a study?

Clinical research is a fantastic way to take a proactive role in your health and even get reimbursed for your time – So why isn’t everyone participating in a clinical trial? Well, if you currently consider clinical research a potential way to manage your disease or condition, consider this – 75% of the U.S. population does not even recognize clinical research as a health care option1.

Clinical research is a commonly misunderstood area of medicine, and as a result, there are some unfortunate perceptions held my many people. Additionally, when the majority of us are experiencing medical problems or have been diagnosed with a particular condition, our first (and usually only) reaction is to go to a doctor and trust his or her guidance and/or prescribed medications. If your condition doesn’t react appropriately to these medications or recommendations, you schedule another appointment and hope for the best.

While this way of thinking is understandable, it’s important to realize that new and potentially life-saving medications – along with the over-the-counter remedies you might reach for every day –  must first make their way to the market  through clinical research  before a doctor can prescribe them.

Many people are not aware that clinical trials are conducted under the rigorous oversight of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and patient safety is always the number one priority for everyone involved in the conduct of clinical research. You might prefer to look at it this way: clinical research volunteers have the opportunity to try new medications, medical devices, or vaccines that may not be available anywhere else, before anyone else. For many conditions often referred to as incurable or untreatable, research study participation is an excellent way to explore new potential treatment options. Study-related care, supplies, and medications are provided at no cost, and you will often receive financial compensation for time and travel expenses. Insurance is typically not required to participate in most clinical research studies.

Still unsure about whether or not you would benefit from participating in a clinical trial? Research shows that 98% of study volunteers would consider participating in another study1.

Clinical trial participation has even saved lives. Imagine coming in for a study visit, having bloodwork done, and finding out that you have a life-threatening condition that you may have never known about otherwise. One of our study participants experienced just that – Stay tuned for our next blog entry about this amazing story!

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 1 https://www.centerwatch.com/images/infographics/Understanding-Clinical-Trials-Infographic-low.png

Thursday, November 5, 2015

PMG Research and Greater Gift Initiative participate in AWARE for All Clinical Research Awareness Event


On Thursday, October 22, PMG Research and the Greater Gift Initiative participated in the C.I.S.C.R.P AWARE for All event in Chapel Hill, NC. AWARE for All is a clinical research awareness event designed to help educate people about clinical research participation. In addition to offering a variety of health screenings (PMG offered free cholesterol screening), vaccinations, and healthy lifestyle tips, there were several speakers and panels designed to build awareness of and trust in clinical research.

PMG was proud to have representation from our sites participate in the panels. A big thank you to Dr. Varma from Rocky Mount and Taylor from Wilmington for participating in the clinical research professionals panel, and to Mrs. Fowler for sharing her story on the patient panel.

Thank you also to all our participants and staff volunteers who joined us for the evening!

We've shared a few photos below, but we encourage you to visit the C.I.S.C.R.P Facebook page to see them all.



















Friday, May 22, 2015

PMG's CEO discusses the benefits of clinical research participation on the Quintiles Friday Podcast

Having just recognized International Clinical Trials Day, PMG's CEO, Jennifer Byrne, had the opportunity to discuss the numerous benefits of clinical trial participation in the Quintiles Friday Podcast. Jennifer explains how integrating clinical research into the continuum of care leads to better patient engagement and improvements in population health.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Whether you've taken a medication today to manage a chronic disease or simply to keep a headache at bay, you know that medical innovations have the power to change lives. But these breakthroughs don’t just happen. Developing new medicines is a lengthy and complex process, relying heavily on volunteer participation to evaluate potential therapies for safety and effectiveness in clinical studies. Without the patients who volunteer to participate in clinical trials, the development of new medicines would not be possible.

During Clinical Trials Awareness Week, May 4 – 8, 2015 we recognize the individuals who have made new, innovative treatments a reality for patients worldwide – clinical trial researchers and participants. By shining a spotlight on these unsung heroes, we can raise awareness about the importance of participating in a clinical trial. Clinical trials may benefit participants by providing them the opportunity potentially to receive an investigational drug that is not available to people outside the trial. In addition, they may receive treatment from a clinical research team that provides careful oversight of their medical condition. Also, many participants report great satisfaction playing a key role in advancing medical science and helping scientists find new treatments that will help more people live longer, healthier lives. The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research
Participation (CISCRP) reports that 95 percent of clinical trial participants would consider joining a future clinical trial.

Everyone should have access to helpful information about clinical trials and the opportunity to determine if participating in a clinical trial is the right choice for them. Join us in spreading the word about the importance of clinical trial participation!

THANK YOU to our participants, physicians, staff and Sponsors for all you do to help PMG fulfill our mission of bringing clinical research to as many lives as possible!


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Smart Talking about Clinical Studies

Smart Talking about Clinical Studies

Think about the power of your words. You have a chance to make a huge difference in the world of advancing medicine and with your help we can reach millions of people. Read more on our blog about how you can explore the power of speaking out about clinical studies. 

You are receiving this newsletter for one of several reasons:
  • You have participated in a clinical study with PMG and provided us with your email address
  • You have expressed an interest in participating in a clinical study with us and provided your email address
  • You signed up to receive our newsletters on our website
Regardless of the reason, we would like you to know that you are a powerful voice in the advancement of clinical research.
CISCRP has put together interesting and informative short videos to share with your friends and family members about clinical studies.
Think about the power of your words. You have a chance to make a huge difference in the world of advancing medicine. With your help we can reach millions of people.
Below is a link created by CISCRP that explores the power of speaking out about clinical studies, so speak outbut speak smart.

Friday, February 6, 2015

#GoRed for Women and Learn about Research Opportunities for Heart Disease with PMG


Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it's 80% preventable.


How can we all work together to make a difference?

Today is National Wear Red Day!
  • Nearly 90% have made at least one healthy behavior change.
  • More than one-third have lost weight.
  • More than 50% have increased their exercise.
  • 6 out of 10 have changed their diets.
  • More than 40% have checked their cholesterol levels.
  • One third has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
  • Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day
  • Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.                


PMG Research is currently offering several clinical research trials that deal with heart disease and its risk factors for men and women. To learn more about what we have to offer please contact us today or visit our website

The team in Winston-Salem wore red today - did you?



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