Patient Information


Our Clinical Research Department is currently enrolling participants in Clinical Trials with medications for:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Psoriatic Arthritis

For more information, contact:

Anicette Richardson, CCRC, Recruitment Coordinator
Phone:  (813) 840-3600 ext 5039
Email:  Recruitment Coordinator

What is a Clinical Trial?
A clinical trial is a research study to evaluate a new drug or treatment for safety and effectiveness.  Some medications being studied are investigational (not currently on the market) and others are already in use but are being tested for a new dosage.  Sometimes clinical trials are used to study different ways to use current drugs so they are more effective, easier to use, or to decrease side effects. 

Who should consider clinical trials and why?
It is important to conduct research on a variety of people because different people may respond differently to treatments.  Some people participate in clinical trials because they have exhausted standard treatment options which maybe did not work for them or which had certain side effects.  Others participate because they want to contribute to the advancement of medicine.   

What happens during a clinical trial?
The process depends on the kind of study being conducted.  The clinical research team will determine if a person meets the criteria for a particular study, check the health of the participant at the beginning of the trial, and monitor the participant carefully during the trial.

What are the benefits of participating?
By participating in a clinical trial, one becomes actively involved in their healthcare.  They can gain access to new research treatments and obtain expert medical care for the condition being studied.  A participant can learn more about their medical condition which may lead to better management of their health.  Plus, a participant is helping others by contributing to medical research.

What are the risks?
Many efforts are made to protect participants in clinical trials and to ensure the study medications are safe.  There is always a chance the experimental treatment may not be effective for the participant.  The reasonably foreseeable risks of a study are listed in the informed consent which is required for participation.

What are the costs?
There is never a charge for participating in a clinical trial.  Study medication, study-related doctor and nurse visits, and laboratory work are provided at no cost. 

How do I participate?
If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, please contact our Clinical Research Department at (813) 840-3600.