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Do paid clinical studies or paid medical research studies as a good source of stay at home mom income. Not a good way to make money for the faint-hearted, clinical trials for pay can be a great way to make as much as a couple grand. Learn all about paid medical trials.

You may have heard rumors about human guinea pigs, being experimented on in labs across the country. You may also have heard that these people do clinical trials for pay. Well, those rumors are true!

Yes, you can do paid medical research studies, which is essentially being paid to be an experimental human guinea pig. These paid clinical studies, also called paid medical trials, are an interesting way to earn stay at home mom income.

What are Paid Medical Trials?

What exactly are paid medical research studies? A medical research firm is contracted by a drug manufacturer to test their new products out on live patients. The product is most likely a drug, either oral, injection, or topical, or it may be a procedure of some sort. In an actual setting, the drug would be used to prevent disease, treat a disease, condition or disorder, or to treat symptoms.

The medical research firm with then find participants for the study. The participants fall into one of the following two classifications, depending on the needs of the manufacturer:
  • Healthy Person Studies
  • Afflicted Person Studies
  • The afflicted person studies are those done on groups of people who currently have the disease/disorder/condition/symptoms being treated by the experimental drug. These studies may or may be paid clinical studies. Sometimes, the experimental care received is worth more than money.

    The healthy person studies are the ones we are interested in as clinical trials for pay for stay at home mom income. This is where the firm will hire healthy individuals who do not have the treated condition to see how the drugs will affect their system.

    How much do you make for clinical trials for pay?
    Payment for paid medical research studies varies greatly, and ranges from an outpatient study at $20 a visit, to an inpatient study at $500-3,000+. Participants in clinical trials for pay are either outpatient or inpatient. Outpatient paid clinical studies require you to come to the clinic for multiple visits, while inpatient paid medical trials require you to stay on premises, so that they can monitor you and make sure that all participants are eating the same foods, have the same level of exercise, etc.

    You can find a participating clinic in your area by going to the paid medical research studies index.

    Paid Clinical Studies Phases

    There are three phases to paid medical research studies.

    Phase One
    These paid medical trials are drug trials done for the first time on humans. These groups are relatively small, and are usually done as a healthy person study.

    Phase Two
    These clinical trials for pay are larger groups, and are to test drugs or procedures currently on the market, or ones that have been extensively tested in a Phase One trial. These can also be healthy person studies, or persons currently suffering from the disease being tested. They are the most common form of clinical trials for pay available.

    Phase Three
    These paid medical trials are usually conducted with the patients with the disorder, though not always. They are much larger studies, and are usually performed with a control group. A control group is a group of participants in the study that are given the standard treatment, or placebo, which is compared to the new treatment.

    Risks with Paid Clinical Studies
    All three phases of paid clinical studies have risks involved. Though there is no real physical "work" involved in order to participate in these studies, the decision to participate in a paid medical research study should not be taken lightly.



    I participated in one Phase Two healthy person study a few years ago. The clinical study for pay was about a medication used to treat gout that was currently on the market. It consisted of me spending two weekends inpatient in the medical research firm's facility. I was given two pills (one per weekend) and had my blood drawn three dozen times each weekend.

    They placed a catheter in my arm to aid in the extraction of the blood, which they capped off in-between withdrawals.

    When the catheter stopped working properly, it required the nurses to squeeze and twist my arm to get blood to keep flowing, or else they would have had to prick my arm for each of the 3 dozen draws.

    Other than the blood tests, it was actually kinda fun. I got to meet a lot of interesting people at the facility, other participants. Many were college students who were broke. Others were stay at home moms, like myself. One woman was there just to add some extra funds to her savings account.

    I got to have almost a mini vacation away from my then small, in diapers, children. I had two full nights sleep, got to watch rated R movies with other participants, and was even able to go to the bathroom and take a shower without interlopers. I got paid a total of $500 for my participation. In cash.

    The facility called me back for two other paid clinical studies. One they canceled at the last minute but gave me $75 for my time, and the other I qualified for but decided not to participate in. The prerequisite for the paid medical trial was that women had had a hysterectomy. Since I had had a tubal legation, they were going to let me do it anyway, but it made me nervous and I backed out. That study would have paid $3,500. They gave me $75 again for my time.

    Because these medications are being tested on you, you have to keep in mind that you could suffer ill effects or side effects from the testing. If you are healthy, and have the ability and desire to participate in these studies, it can be a lucrative way to earn stay at home mom income without investing any money, or doing any real work.

    Have you been, or would you be, a human guinea pig? Why or why not?

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