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Have The Flu? You Could Earn $700 In Spokane Clinical Study

Spokane's Premier Clinical Research is one of roughly 250 sites all over the globe taking part in a clinical trial to study a new medication called favipiravir. Spokane's Premier Clinical Research is one of roughly 250 sites all over the globe taking part in a clinical trial to study a new medication called favipiravir.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Usually we'd all be hard-pressed to think of one good thing about having the flu. But this year, there may be 700. Spokane's Premier Clinical Research is one of roughly 250 sites all over the globe taking part in a clinical trial to study a new medication called Favipiravir.

It's believed to reduce the duration and intensity of flu symptoms. As part of the FDA-regulated study, participants will be tested to confirm they have the flu and are required to come in for seven visits over the course of three weeks. Participants must be between 18-80, within 48 hours of first symptoms, have not had the flu vaccine this year, are not on anti-viral medication, can't be pregnant and must show moderate to severe flu symptoms in at least two categories.

In the double-blind study, some of the participants will be given the new medication and others will be given a placebo pill. They will be monitored to see how symptoms improve over the course of the three weeks. The incentive for taking part in the study? $700 from Premier Clinical Research, on behalf of the sponsor, Medivector. "We have to study people who actually have the flu in order to see if the medicine works, how well it works and what side effects might be happening with the medicine, so that's why we're doing the study," Premier Clinical Research Medical Director Dr. Philip Werschler told KHQ's Kelsey Watts.

In Spokane, the study started just after Christmas and roughly 30 people have enrolled. Participants are capped at 1,056 for this particular study. The clinic expects to continue taking participants through the flu season, which should be late winter or early spring. If all goes well at the study sites and the effects of the medication are clinically proven, it could be on the store shelves by next flu season – perhaps making it a little more tolerable for us all.

To learn more or sign up, call Premier Clinical Research's Greg Jared at 509-954-4366.
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