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Valentine’s or Galentine’s?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this month or Galentine’s Day?  And, given the fact we’re still social distancing, how will you celebrate either?

February conjures up a few images in these parts.  Snow….we’ve had a lot of it lately, and of course, Cupid and his arrow.  Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with a significant other, or maybe just bestowing someone dear to you with chocolate heart, we wish you happiness. And, for those of you who aren’t interested in the romance but the fun, well, perhaps you are celebrating a virtual event with friends over ZOOM responsibly toasting to Galentine’s.

We’d like to think romance is still alive and well despite the fact the rituals of dating might look different currently.  For those of you who are in a relationship, if things are getting “hot and heavy” so to speak, please keep in mind we’re currently conducting a birth control study evaluating an investigational oral contraceptive for women.  We’d love to tell you more about this study!  Feel free to reach out at (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.  You can also sign up online at http://www.ccrstudies.com/current-trials/#!/study/13.

2021- Looking Ahead

Monday, December 21st, 2020

2021 – the promise of a new year!  2020 was a year like no other.  Some people cannot wait to say goodbye to the year in which our global community dealt with the impact of Covid-19.  Many lives were lost, our way of life changed drastically, and turmoil abounded.  Some found opportunities to grow and thrive. Others faced daily challenges.  So many are breathing a collective sigh of relief as we look ahead to some global healing as the vaccination process begins.

Here at Coastal Connecticut Research we are looking ahead to 2021 and excited to roll out some new studies and will continue enrolling for some studies which we began recruiting for prior to the pandemic.  Our early  2021 studies include clinical research trials evaluating study products for birth control, migraine headaches, memory loss and Parkinson’s disease, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and more to be listed.  As always, our research volunteers play a key role in the success of these research studies.

We’re looking forward to keep you posted on all that is happening here in the coming year!  Call (860)443-4567 to learn more, e-mail marylou@ccrstudies.com or sign up here on our website.

December 2020

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

 

It’s the end of 2020 – what a year it has been!  We are so fortunate to have such dedicated study volunteers. During a global pandemic, in times of absolute uncertainty for many, our dedicated research volunteers continued their participation in clinical research studies.  As a matter of fact, clinical trials have been all the buzz lately as the entire world seemed to wait with baited breath as vaccines were trialed and approved for use.

As we look ahead to 2021 we continue to acknowledge to most important aspect to our enrolling studies is the connection we have with you – our volunteers!  Thank you for taking the time to give of yourself and ultimately help to advance medicine.  We have some exciting trials on the horizon and will continue to enroll for our current studies.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays season, peace and good health!

A Hot Flash Story

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Have hot flashes impacted your multi-tasking?

Once upon a time there was a lady who had been through menopause suffering with hot flashes.  She had to throw the covers off her at night due to such profuse sweating and during the day, constantly fanned herself to stay cool. One day, the woman heard a radio commercial about a clinical research study enrolling in New London evaluating a product for women with hot flashes.  She called the site, answered some questions over the phone, and learned she qualified for the study. But alas, the lady was hesitant to participate. She was a bit uneasy about trying something that was not yet available for prescription.  She said she had to think about it, and so she did.  The lady told one of the members of the CCRstudies team at the research site she was a bit uneasy. After learning more about the study product and the design of the study, she felt better informed. She even learned one of the products she took everyday had been evaluated in the past at the very same sight!  The lady had never thought twice about taking this product and realized people like her must have participated in a clinical trial in order for the medication to gain FDA approval. This changed her way of thinking – she decided she too wanted to help others.  It was no longer just about her hot flashes, but rather, she gained a greater understanding of the importance of being a research volunteer.  The lady had already found her prince years ago, she wasn’t very concerned about that sort of happy ending. What made more of a difference to her was the fact she could ultimately impact someone else’s life by participating in a clinical trial.

Dog Days of Summer – and Then Some!

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Did you think your back to school shopping for your student (whether this be preschool or college) would include face masks?  We are five months into an altered way of life here in Eastern Connecticut.  Thankfully, our state has been working hard to combat the pandemic our fellow global citizens have been faced with.

Please know we here at Coastal Connecticut Research put patient safety first.  We have worked extremely hard to provide an environment suitable for the utmost quality study-related care. We also greatly appreciate our valued study volunteers who are the heart and soul of the clinical research trials we conduct.

We understand some people are extremely uneasy about venturing out during this times. If you have any concerns or questions regarding study participation, feel free to call us at (860)443-4567.  We’d love to get the conversation started with you and address any questions you may have.

Our region has so much to offer, especially in the summer.  We hope during these socially distant times you are still able to connect with what is important to you – whether this be a day at the beach or on the water, a walk in one of our lovely parks, or a conversation with a good friend.  As we are told to keep six feet away, sometimes our connections have to take on a new look.

Wishing you good health and happiness as the dog days of summer roll along!

Summer Heat and Hot Flashes

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

This summer looks a little different than past years.  Did you ever think you would be walking on the beach with a mask on?  Or, did you ever think you wouldn’t be able to actually get on the beach due to limited capacity?  We are completely on board with social distancing and flattening the curve! We get it!   One thing about summer remains the same – heat and humidity!  For women suffering with hot flashes, there seems to be no relief.

Coastal Connecticut Research is currently involved with hot flash research.  Postmenopausal women who have been living with hot flashes and night sweats have been coming forward to participate in a study evaluating an investigational medication for the condition.  The study is continuing to enroll qualified local women who may be experiencing these symptoms and who have an interest in participating in research.  We thank all volunteers! Some women have referred to hot flashes as “their own personal summer.”  We understand your personal summer can be a big bummer, even more so when it’s 95 and humid!

People who wish to learn more about research are encouraged to contact us.  We are happy to share information with you.  E-mail marylou@ccrstudies.com, text the keyword CCR to 74121 and we’ll call you back, or simply give us a ring at (860)443-4567.  We look forward to connecting!

Birth Control Product Gains FDA Approval

Monday, June 1st, 2020

Exciting news!  A birth control product for use “in-the-moment,” evaluated by study participants at Coastal Connecticut Research, has gained FDA approval.  Thank you to our volunteers for participating in this women’s healthcare research study.

U.S. FDA Approves Evofem Biosciences

Phexxi TM (lactic acid, citric acid and potassium bitartrate),
the First and Only Non-Hormonal Prescription Gel for the Prevention of Pregnancy
A New Class of Female-Controlled Birth Control for Use In-The-Moment

SAN DIEGO, May 22, 2020 — Evofem Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVFM) today announced that the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Phexxi  TM (lactic acid, citric acid and potassium
bitartrate) vaginal gel for the prevention of pregnancy in females of reproductive potential for use as an
on-demand method of contraception.

Phexxi is the first non-hormonal, on-demand, vaginal pH regulator contraceptive designed to maintain
vaginal pH within the normal range of 3.5 to 4.5 an acidic environment that is inhospitable to sperm.
There have been a limited number of advances in birth control over the last two decades.

As the first vaginal pH regulator with a unique mechanism of action, the Company is working to have
Phexxi covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA mandates that private health plans provide
coverage with no out-of-pocket costs for one treatment per class in each of the classes identified by the
FDA for women in its Birth Control Guide.

Evofem is committed to ensuring access to Phexxi for all women seeking non-hormonal contraception,
including for women who are not covered by government or private health plans, and will provide a
financial assistance program to enable access for eligible women.

Covid-19 PEP Study

Saturday, May 9th, 2020

A groundbreaking effort seeking volunteers from states including Connecticut is being announced. The PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) Study is seeking to evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment for people exposed to Covid-19. Scientists are seeking a preventative treatment.

COVID-19 PEP Study

Celebrating Nurses!

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

It’s National Nurses Week!  Where would we be without our nurses?  Thank you Diane Palmer, RN and Kelley Sanok, RN, for providing the highest quality care to all of our study patients.  Thank you for all of the behind-the-scenes work you do in the very detailed and involved field of clinical research.  You ladies are rock stars!  And, a special thank you to all those on the front lines during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Your selflessness is amazing.  Thank you!

 

 

 

What We Do is Essential!

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

We are proud to let you know what we do at Coastal Connecticut Research is considered essential by our state and federal government.  Providing exceptional study-related care to our patients, monitoring their health while they participate in a study, and educating potential participants about future studies and the importance of research is part of our daily operations.

We understand these are difficult times for our nation and for individuals as each of us responds to the Coronavirus crisis in different ways.  While we cannot control what is happening around us, we can control our reaction to what is happening around us and respond appropriately.  Some of you may be working from home, some of you who at a higher risk may be remaining at home, and all of us are urged to practice social distancing.  We have appropriate procedures in place to assure the health and safety of our study participants at this time in accordance to regulations being set forth.

So, if you are feeling anxious or cooped up, maybe it’s time to get out in the backyard, go for that long walk you could not get to during your regular 8-hour day, or even better, reconnect with an old friend through email or the telephone.  We can assure you when life returns to “normal,” we will still continue to be here for you.  In addition, if you are interested in a study, please know you can participate in a prescreening questionnaire over the telephone by calling (860)443-4567.  We are proud of the work we do and thankful for our study volunteers!