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Aug 02

How to make cash by volunteering for medical testing

I first found out about the chance to get paid for drug testing when I had a summer job as a punt chauffeur. I had just completed my university degree and like most students and recent graduates I was burdened with student debt and looking for a way to pay it off as quickly as possible.

A few of the people I worked with told me about the fact that they were getting paid lots of cash for taking part in paid drug trials at local medical research centres. When I discovered that it was possible to earn several thousand pounds for each test that I took part in it sounded like a golden opportunity to make some money.

I got the details of the testing centre from my friends and picked up the phone. I was sent an application pack with lots of forms to fill in detailing things such as my health and medical history any allergies that I had, next of kin details, etc, etc and the details of my GP plus a consent form to permit them access to my medical history. All of this information is required by the clinical research units because they have to know your medical history to ensure that they are only testing on healthy volunteers who don’t have conditions that could be aggravated by the new drugs that they are testing.

I filled in the forms, providing all of the details requested, put them in an envelope and posted them back to the research unit. There were actually not one but two research centres in the area where I lived at the time, so I applied to both of them in the hope of increasing my chances (you can apply to as many as you want). Having received the forms and processed the information they asked me to visit their facilities to have a full medical check up.

I was subjected to numerous blood tests (don’t take part in medical trials if you are afraid of needles!), had a heart monitor attached to me and at one unit they went as far as testing my eye sight, lung capacity and eye pressure (high eye pressure is one warning sign of glaucoma). All of the tests were to make sure that I was in good health and didn’t have any undiagnosed problems that could be an issue if I took part in the drug trials. It was reassuring to know that I was getting the kind of free health check you would never normally expect to receive (especially at my age) unless they thought there was something really wrong with you!

I was rejected by one of the units because my eye pressure was higher than the limits they allowed. The other unit hadn’t even tested for this and having passed all of their tests I was accepted as a volunteer to be eligible to take part in their paid medical trials.

Now that I had successfully applied to be a volunteer I waited patiently to be sent information about the drug testing trials that I could take part in. The first one I got (they are all like this usually) contained information about the drug being tested, how long the trial would take, the dates when it was taking place, how many times I would have to visit the centre and how long (if at all) the overnight stays would be, the known or expected side effects of the drug and (most important to me and I imagine most other people who volunteer for these trials) the amount of money that I would get paid if I was accepted as a volunteer for that trial.

In addition to having a medical to become eligible to be a volunteer for medical testing you also have to have a medical for each individual drug trial that you want to take part in. The first few times I went for these (after being sent the details of a new medical trial that was taking place) I was rejected based on my existing medical history. After this happened to me a few times, I complained because I felt that it was a waste of my time to go to the screening visits if I was always going to be rejected based on something that was already on my files.

Something must have changed over the years because eventually I was successful in getting accepted onto a trial. It didn’t involve any overnight stays and it wasn’t a new drug being tested so perhaps that’s what made the difference. Regardless, it felt like a victory to me, I got paid over 500 for taking part and more importantly than that, after that first one I wasn’t rejected for any more of the trials I applied for. That meant I could take part in several more and make lots of money over the next few years.

I also reapplied to the other clinical research unit and was successful this time around. The moral of the story is, if at first you don’t succeed, keep trying. It’s worth the effort.

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