Frequently asked questions
Will I get paid for taking part in a clinical trial at Panthera?
Dependent on the study, you may be reimbursed for your time, as well as reasonable travel costs.
All financial reimbursements are study specific.
What is a Panthera clinic like?
Our facilities are beyond exceptional and exclusive to our patients and volunteers. With cutting-edge technology and highly experience clinicians, you’ll be in the best possible hands.
When you visit a Panthera clinic, you will benefit from the following –
• Free Wi-Fi
• Comfortable waiting area’s
• Refreshments such as hot drinks and water facilities
• If you are attending our Clinic for any length of time, or may have to fast for a blood test, we will make sure you receive nutritious and healthy snacks, as well as fresh fruit, and much more.
We’re committed to ensuring you are comfortable and that we take care of your well-being whilst at our facilities.
Can I choose which study I take part in?
Yes, you can review our study descriptions and choose which ones you would like to take part in. However, not all studies are suitable for every person, so we’ll make sure we keep you updated and inform you of any other studies that may be more appropriate, if the eligibility criteria for the study you are interested in are not met.
What if I change my mind?
You can stop participating in a medical trial at any time.
We will provide you with support throughout the entire process. We would need to follow up with participants if they have started treatment.
Your safety and wellbeing are of the most importance to us.
What are the different phases of a clinical trial?
There are four phases of clinical trials conducted in human participants as follows;
Phase I trials assess the safety of a new trial medication.
This first phase of testing in human beings is only performed on a very small number of healthy volunteers or patients and trials are usually short term, typically 3 – 9 months.
During a phase I trial, side effects and benefits that occur at various dosages of the medication/treatment are investigated.
These trials also evaluate what effect the medication has on our bodies as well as how our bodies react to the medication.
This phase of a trial starts following the completion of phase I when a medication has been shown to be safe and approval has been gained by the Sponsor company to continue trials. At this point further tests are completed to check for effectiveness of different doses of the medication on a larger population.
Phase II trials can take months to years to complete.
Usually participants taking part in Phase II trials are split into two groups, those who receive the medication, and those who receive a placebo. This is known as randomisation.
Sometimes these trials are also what are referred to as “double blinded”; which means that neither the patient nor the researcher knows who is receiving the real medication and who is receiving a placebo. This enables the trial to be unbiased, ensuring accurate results.
In a phase III trial, a medication is tested on a much larger population sometimes on a global scale where hundreds to even thousands of volunteers take part.
With such a large group being studied, both pharmaceutical companies and the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) gain a better understanding of the medication’s safety and effectiveness.
These trials are usually both randomised and double blinded and can last several years.
After a phase III trial has been successfully completed, pharmaceutical companies can request MHRA approval to bring the medication to the market for public use either to buy over the counter or prescribed by a GP or treating physician depending on the type and use of medication.
Phase IV trials are performed with medications that have already been approved by the MHRA in order to learn even more about their benefits such as whether they can be used to treat a different condition for example.
How many clinical studies can I take part in?
You would only be able to participate in one study at a time. You will be asked whether or not you have taken part in a previous study when you register.
The length of time between participating in one study to another could be anything from 1 month to 6 months depending on the study requirements.
What if I have another health condition? Can I still take part?
Each study requires a certain type of participant. Although one study may not be suitable for you because of your health conditions, it may be possible to find another study which is suitable for you.
Why am I not suitable for a study?
It is never an individual who is not suitable for a study, but a study that is not suitable for the individual. We appreciate that it takes a lot of consideration for someone to volunteer for our studies, and we will aim to match you to a study that would be of benefit to you.
However, we do have to adhere to strict eligibility criteria for each study, and if you have a medical condition for example that would preclude you from participating, we could potentially be putting you at risk by allowing you to take part, therefore we can only allow you to take part on a study where all eligibility criteria are met.
How long does a study normally take?
This will vary from study to study. Some studies will take a few weeks, others may require a longer-term commitment. The full description of each of our studies will outline what is required.
What to expect on the day
Prior to attending our clinic for your first visit, you will be sent a letter or email, confirming the date and time, and any requirements such as fasting, or anything you are required to bring with you. We will also provide directions; these can also be found on our website here (provide link)
You are always welcome to bring a family member or friend along with you, and we can provide a chaperone if required.
Our Staff are highly trained and experienced in clinical research and here to support you and make you feel welcome.
On your first visit our clinical specialists will welcome you to the clinic and answer any questions you might have. We’ll also conduct any initial checks required and provide you with an information sheet which will tell you all about the study, the objectives of the study medication, duration and frequency of visits, so you can make an informed decision as to whether you would like to take part. You can take all the information you’ll need away with you to digest.
If after the initial visit, if we think that the study may be suitable for you, and you would like to continue, we will invite you back for a screening appointment. This is usually a longer visit at which we will complete a full health screen, at this stage we will also review your medical history, and answer any questions you may have.