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Paid Clinical Trials: How to make money participating in medical research studies

Updated on July 21, 2011

If you're interested in taking part in paid studies, chances are you have a lot of questions. You probably want to know if paid clinical trials are safe. You want assurances that everything is going to be okay when you start putting chemicals into your body. Is it worth the amount of money that you'll be paid to be a guinea pig? What is the process that you have to go through? Who is eligible to participate in medical trials? We'll discuss these issues and provide resources to help you decide whether or not paid clinical trials are right for you.

Are paid clinical trials safe?

The big worry that keeps most people away.

The only reasonable answer is "yes and no."  Make no mistake, the number one priority of any lab is going to be the safety of their trial participants.  In most cases the drugs that are being tested have already gone through several earlier trials to ensure a basic level of safety before being tested on humans.  Still, there are going to be instances where bad side-effects occur.  Perhaps you might have an allergic reaction to a drug.  If you decide to take part in medical research studies, the most important thing is to be honest and communicative with the medical trial staff.  They can't keep you safe if you keep them in the dark about your medical history or adverse side-effects you're experiencing.

Also keep in mind that every drug or course of treatment was at one time experimental.  All of the wonderful medical knowledge that has been accumulated and has led to increasing life expectancy rates needed volunteers to participate in trials.  By taking part in paid clinical trials, you are helping advance medicine.

How much do paid clinical trials pay?

The amount that you will be paid to take part in medical trials varies greatly.  The general rule of thumb is the more time you're expected to take, the more you get paid.  A day usually equates to something between $75 and $200 in the United States.  Studies can take anywhere from a day to 30 days.  You certainly won't get rich by participating in medical research studies, but it can be a great source of income if you're a student or unemployed.

Keep in mind that all paid studies require you to take at least 30 days off between studies.  This is to ensure that your system is completely clean of any drugs that have entered your body from the previous study.

How do I get involved in paid clinical trials?

There are thousands of medical trials going on at any given moment in the United States.  To find these studies, there are websites that specialize in connecting people with clinics.  The best sites are: 

  • Just Another Lab Rat: The best resource available online.  Great information from a guy that's been working as a medical trial participant for many years now.  If you have a question about working in paid clinical trials, chances are you can get it answered here.
  • Guinea Pig Get Paid: Tons of local research clinics are listed on their site.  Click on the appropriate region on the globe on their front page.
  • ClinicalTrials.gov: A site run by the US government that helps connect clinics with trial participants.
Beyond these websites, research clinics usually do some local advertising.  Check university newspapers, local newspapers, and your regional CraigsList first.  A quick look in the phone book wouldn't hurt either.  You can always call research clinics directly and ask if they have any upcoming medical trials that you would be well suited for.

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Do you have more questions about taking part in paid clinical trials?  Feel free to ask below and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.  Thanks!

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      Francie Dupuy 3 years ago

      Mant times I have been a study patient at Texas Tech. Nothing bad ever happened to me. I don't mind them doing experiences on me.

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      Scotty Evans 3 years ago

      What types if trials are there in GA.?

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      Scotty Evans 3 years ago

      Are any paid research trials for M. S. ????? I

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      RICARDO MUNOZ 4 years ago

      please contact me at (956)756-1003 ASAP please so I can be a paid guinea pig

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      Shane 5 years ago

      Il do it. I don't mind the risks. theturtlecatcher@yahoo.com

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      deepak 5 years ago

      i am ready to do

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      Ashley Hartsell 5 years ago

      Is this safe if you are married and have a family? I guess I am basically asking is any of the experimental stuff can it transfer or affect anyone in the family just from being with them?

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      Prefer Not2 Disclose 5 years ago from VA

      I wanted to do the AIDS vaccine trial at the NIH a few years back while I was in nursing school. It was paying about $2000 USD, but my wife wouldn't let me, lol :-(

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      John 5 years ago

      Can they find out if somebody has just completed a study at another facility? A guy I met at a study says he does this all the time. Seems dangerous but I am wondering if he was lying because it seems like they would have a shared database

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      paidclinicaltrial 5 years ago

      This is a great trustworthy place to sign up for medical research studies! http://clinicaltrialsforyou.com

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      trinity 6 years ago

      I want to make adiffnce