Friday, March 21, 2014

Charleston City Paper features PMG of Charleston's Dr. Mills and the CDiffense Study

Did you know that C. diff, which typically affects patients who have received antibiotic treatment, causes 14,000 fatalities and $4.8 billion worth of acute healthcare costs in the U.S. alone every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? It can cause diarrhea and, in the worst cases, a life-threatening inflammation of the colon known as toxic megacolon.

We encourage you to read this great article featuring PMG of Charleston. If you are interested in learning more, we are currently enrolling this study at the following PMG locations:

  • Cary, NC            919.342.3447
  • Charleston, SC    843.849.1880
  • Charlotte, NC     704.527.6672
  • Hickory, NC       828.345.5060
  • Wilmington, NC  910.815.6108

Dr. Mills at PMG Research of Charleston

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Participant Resources

In our previous blog post, we talked about Making a Difference in March through clinical research participation. Because participation is a personal and important decision, PMG would like to share that there are great resources available to help you educate yourself and others about clinical research.

In addition to the valuable resources on the PMG Research website, you can find helpful resources at The Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) including educational brochures, books and newsletters about research participation, study volunteer stories in print and video, free live educational events in your area and more. CISCRP is a first-of-its-kind nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and informing the public, patients, medical/research communities, the media, and policy makers about clinical research participation and the role that each party plays as a participant in the process.

To learn more on the PMG Research website.

To learn more on CISCRP.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

We're Making March MAKE A DIFFERENCE Month

PMG Research has been making a difference in the world of medical advancement since 1979, and you can make a difference, too!

Whether you have participated in a clinical research study before, or have an interest in learning more about it, we want you to know that you will make a difference by helping to advance medicine. By participating in clinical research, you have the opportunity to be a part of something big that impacts the lives of millions.
If you have ever considered participation in a clinical research study because you want to play an active role in your health care, or because you want to contribute to the treatments and cures of tomorrow, we invite you to Make a Difference in March. Everyone who participates brings us one step closer - something you can be proud of and share with your loved ones.

If you have already participated, share your experiences with others, or post them to our Facebook page, so everyone can see how important clinical research participation is. Maybe they will want to Make a Difference this month, too. Contact us today if you'd like to learn more.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Congrats PMG Team on These Recent FDA Approvals

According to a report from the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, it takes an average of 10 years for an investigational drug to make it from the laboratory to pharmacy shelves. Only five in 5,000 compounds that enter preclinical testing make it to human clinical trials, and of these five, only one is approved by the FDA.

This means that as a participant – and even as a clinical research site – it is often years before you see the treatment that was being studied actually receive approval from the FDA. Therefore, when we do learn of approvals for drugs on which studies our sites have participated, we want to be sure to share them. Below are some recent FDA approvals where PMG sites participated in the clinical research.
  • Genentech Actemra (tocilizumab) for moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (approved in subcutaneous formulation)
  • Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Aptiom for epilepsy
  • GlaxoSmithKline ANORO ELLIPTA for airflow obstruction in COPD patients
  • GlaxoSmithKline H5N1 influenza vaccine
Thank you to our patient volunteers, sites, and physician investigators 
who participated in these studies!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Inclement Weather Updates

Winter is making an appearance once again, and we want to be sure to keep our participants, partners and staff up-to-date on any closings or delays at PMG Research locations. We will update this blog and our Facebook page with any news, but encourage you to call your clinic location prior to leaving to ensure it is open.

Please be safe out there!
  • PMG Research of Charlotte - Closing at 12:00 pm Wednesday 2/12
  • PMG Research of Raleigh - Closing at 12:00 pm Wednesday 2/12
  • PMG Research of Hickory - Closing at 12:00 pm Wednesday 2/12
  • PMG Research of Cary - Closing at 12:30 pm Wednesday 2/12
  • PMG Research of Bristol, TN - Closing at 2:30 pm Wednesday 2/12

Friday, January 31, 2014

Feeling Flu?

As we are in the throes of flu season, many of you may find yourself beginning to not feel well and wondering “Is this a cold? Is it the flu?” According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the flu is generally worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder and you are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose.

If you think you may have the flu, and your symptoms have started within the last 48 hours, consider participation in a clinical research study for flu at PMG Research. Our locations in Hickory and Charlotte, NC and Bristol and Knoxville, TN are enrolling studies for people with the flu. To learn more, visit our website or contact us.

You can also call the site nearest you:

PMG Research of Bristol – 423.989.3105
PMG Research of Charlotte – 704.527.6672
PMG Research of Hickory – 828.345.5060
PMG Research of Knoxville – 865.244-4276

Thursday, January 9, 2014

PMG has a new website!

New Year, New Website! 

The PMG Research website has been redesigned for 2014 with a modern, clean, and welcoming new layout. We have also enhanced our content to ensure you can easily find information on our sites and network capabilities

home page

The PMG website still has all the features with which you are familiar, including:
It also has exciting new features, such as:
  • Rotating home page content to feature studies, news, events, and more.
  • A responsive design for ease of viewing and navigation on mobile devices
We invite you to visit today and learn something new about PMG!

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