Today's Burning Question of the Day: Would you ever participate in any sort of medical trial?
My allergist's office often has medical trials. I qualify for one of the upcoming ones, and I think that I'm going to participate. It's for a drug that hasn't been FDA approved yet (this trial is needed first), but has been tested before without any major complications.
So far, most people that I've told have looked at me like I have seven heads. But I figure that if others hadn't been willing to participate in trials before me, I wouldn't have access to some of the medicine that I do now to help with my allergies and asthma. I guess that I just figure that it's worth it to see if something is more effective, and risk the most commonly reported side effect, which is a headache.
Plus, the compensation package is pretty awesome--it's a one month study and pays $600!