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Clinical Trials and Studies at OBFMC in Olive Branch, MS

What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials evaluate various treatment methods, which in turn help in the fight to decrease death or injury from various medical conditions. If a new treatment proves helpful in a study, it may become a new "standard treatment" that can be used with all patients. Some of today's most important standard treatments came from prior clinical studies. Clinical trials are designed to investigate various scientific questions with these answers leading to further research or treatment recommendations. The progress made through clinical trials in treating various medical conditions can help people live longer, healthier and happier lives.

Why consider participating in a clinical trial?

The patients who participate in clinical trials get the most up-to-date care from physicians who are working in conjunction with nationally and internationally known physicians. These experts are passing on knowledge to the providers of Olive Branch Family Medical who are then improving care for their individual patients. Participating patients typically receive either a new treatment being tested or the best existing standard treatment for their problem being studied. When new treatments prove effective or better than standard treatments, clinical trial patients may be the first to benefit.

Who is eligible for clinical trials?

Each study has very specific criteria for who can or cannot be included. People who could possibly be harmed by study drugs are not allowed to participate. Participants must meet all of the inclusion criteria and none of the exclusion criteria. Criteria are reviewed by nursing personnel, then by a physician and then by a clinical trials monitor.

Are clinical trials safe?

The FDA oversees all research involving humans. The agency weighs the potential risks and benefits of each study and determines what to evaluate more thoroughly. Every study is reviewed by an IRB (Institutional Review Board), which has the task of making sure the study does not put the patient at risk, has a potential benefit and has requirements for closely monitoring the patient through exams and laboratory studies. The IRB includes people from the community such as clergy, health professionals and consumers. Volunteers receive written information explaining the study, the benefits, the risks and the patient's rights. Patients may drop out of a study at any time.

How do I enroll?

After you and your healthcare provider have determined that you are eligible for a clinical trial, a nurse will explain the study to you. She will inform you of the purpose of the study, the procedures involved, how long the trial will last and benefits or risks to you. She will ask you to sign a document saying all of this has been discussed with you as informed consent. It is not a contract and you can quit the study at any time.

Who pays?

Patients pay nothing to participate. The study's sponsor covers the costs of the medications being evaluated, the office visits associated with the study and the lab work used in the study.

Medical conditions we have studied in the past:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Pneumonia
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Female sexual dysfunction
  • Overactive bladder
  • Gastroenterology
  • Lipid
  • Influenza
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Prostate cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Postmenopausal bleeding
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Migraine
  • COPD
  • Hypertriglyceridemia
  • Viral respiratory infection
  • Birth control
  • Male sexual dysfunction
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Cholesterol
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Trials currently open for patient enrollment:

  • Gout
  • Hypertension/High blood pressure
  • Heart disease

Learn more about our current clinical trials and research. Call Olive Branch Family Medical Center in Olive Branch, MS, at 662.893.8462. Or email us at cadams@obfmc.com

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9075 Sandidge Center Cove, Olive Branch, MS 38654

Olive Branch Family Medical Center offers comprehensive primary care, including preventive care, pediatrics, adult care and senior care for the whole family. Our medical director is Randall T. Huling, MD. Our family practice is located at 9075 Sandidge Center Cove in Olive Branch, MS 38654. The phone number is 662.895.4949 and the fax number is 662.895.6776.

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