“We’ve been in Sparks for about two years,” said Michelle Alex, President and CEO of Reno Clinical Trials. “New York and California have trial centers that accept patients. It was time that northern Nevada had one. We want to serve this community.”
As the only clinical trial facility in the northern half of the state, Reno Clinical Trials offers state-of-the-art medicine and treatments for those suffering with diseases such as depression, attention deficit disorder and diabetes.
“We don’t accept insurance. That doesn’t mean you can’t participate. We cater to the uninsured and the underinsured,” Alex said. “All the physicians here are board certified. They all have clinical trial experience. We also work with Northern Nevada Mental Health and the HAWC Clinic and the services that they offer.”
Reno Clinical Trials employs a full-time nurse and a rotation of doctors with numerous specialties, depending on the trial. From cardiologists to psychologists to a gynecologist, there is someone at RCT to answer questions and monitor the patients’ health and trial progress.
“We offer top-notch healthcare,” Alex said. “There are so many uninsured in Nevada and community clinics are overloaded,” Alex said. “People wait for hours and never received proper care. Here, we can offer patients the latest drugs on the market.
“We recently had a schizophrenic woman come in who originally couldn’t afford proper medication. We were able to help her with a medication, a shot that helped balance her out. She received the care she needed and she’s now a fully functional member of society.”
For those interested in learning if they qualify to participate in a medical trial, they can register online or call in for a prescreening. RCT looks for different clients for each study, both men and women, ranging from young children to the elderly. After passing the verbal prescreening, the patient must get blood and EKG tests and have an on-site physical. If a patient passes the preliminary tests, they are required to read and sign the consent form and submit their medical records to Reno Clinical Trials before being placed in the trial. Once the patient begins, they will be randomly placed in a group that receives medication or a group that receives a placebo.
Depending on the length of time the manufacturer requires for the drug trial, patients visit Reno Clinical Trials eight to 12 times during their trial period. During that time, patients will be looked over by doctors for any side effects or reactions. For each visit, patients can receive a monetary bonus, ranging from $50 to $100. Patients can drop out of the trials at anytime.
“We are first most concerned about patient safety,” Alex said.
Alex is busy with plans to open a new location in Reno on Moana Lane and Kauai Court. The staff will rotate between both facilities. Her hope is to make sure those suffering have an option to get the help that they need.
“Our patients are contributing to the medical world.”
For more information about Reno Clinical Trials, visit renoclinicaltrials.com or call 345-3477.