Rheumatoid arthritis clinical trial needs volunteers

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Dr. Nancy Olsen is comparing the effects of two Food and Drug Administration-approved medications for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on the occurrence of cardiovascular illnesses, including heart attacks, strokes and death related to cardiovascular disease. Volunteers are needed for this research study.

Volunteers should be at least 50 years old, diagnosed with RA for six months, be receiving treatment currently for RA and have at least one risk factor for heart disease.

Eligible participants are required to attend clinic visits, call the toll-free patient reporting system on a monthly basis and take medication as directed.

Compensation is provided. For more information, call Christie Schaeffer at 717-531-7532.

This research study, IRB 35958, has been approved by the Institutional Review Board, under federal regulations, at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine.

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Last Updated November 14, 2012