Texas pharmacy aims to involve locals in clinical trials

AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Wednesday, Elligo Health Research announced a new partnership with Peoples Rx in Austin with the goal of getting more people to enroll in clinical research trials.

“Clinical trials are basically the foundation of all the prescription drugs that people take, vaccines that people take, and diagnostic devices or modalities that we have,” the medical director said Wednesday. ‘Elligo, Dr. Faith Holmes.

She said getting people in the door is the hardest part of running a trial.

“It’s about getting enrollment in clinical trials and enough people to take part in the trials, so that they reach statistical significance. And then the second part is to keep people in a clinical trial,” Dr. Holmes explained.

“Pharmacy is one of the most accessible and busiest segments of healthcare. And so we think this partnership makes a lot of sense when we’re talking about providing access to clinical research opportunities,” said Nicola Trevis, Director of Peoples Rx Pharmacy, on Wednesday. The pharmacy has served Austin for 42 years, with four outlets.

“I’ve been in clinical practice for over 30 years, and 20 years here in Austin, and during that time I realized what an incredible reputation Peoples Rx has in the area. And so because of that, it was just a very natural first step, as we embarked on this new kind of partnership,” Dr Holmes said.

As the pandemic emerges, it is hoped that more people will be willing to enroll in trials.

“I think it’s well recognized that healthcare workers have had an added burden during the COVID-19 pandemic. And it also leaves people, those not associated with health care, wishing they could do more,” Trevis said.

“People come in, we know what trial we’re helping recruit participants for, and we have a little indication that they’re in our pharmacy, if they’re a good fit for this study. And so we can get it to them. know,” Trevis explained.

“If we have a clinical trial coming up, then we have a meeting with the pharmacists, we talk about the whole trial,” Holmes continued.

The first trial aims to find an at-home option for colorectal cancer screening.

“A lot of people want to have an alternative to colonoscopy as a screening tool. And so to be able to partner with Peoples Rx, to be able to offer participation in this clinical trial, that may lead to a test that will ultimately allow people to be able to do cancer screening at home,” Holmes explained.

Those who do not have their prescriptions filled by Peoples Rx can still visit one of their outlets to ask a pharmacist for information about ongoing clinical trials.

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