FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If we’re asking you to help us, it’s only fair that we answer any questions you might have first. Below you’ll find answers to the questions we’re asked the most. If you have a question that isn’t covered below, or if you want more information about the trial, feel free to call our toll-free number on 1-877-536-6837.
Do I have to pay for any of this?
No, participation in study is totally free. You’re helping us find new ways to fight Coronavirus, and we’re very grateful.
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
For you personally, there’s a chance the medicine you’ll be taking could ease your symptoms and speed your recovery. If the drug works as well as we hope, you would also be helping a new medicine reach millions of people all over the world.
I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 but I don’t have any symptoms, can I still take part?
Yes, definitely. People with Covid-19 often have few or no symptoms, so we really need people like you.
Which countries are taking part in the trial?
We’re inviting people with Covid-19 from the following areas to participate (from home, of course):
United States: New York City Tri-State area, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Downey, Miami, Jacksonville, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Yuma, Rochester, Tupelo, Greenville, Chapel Hill, Little Rock
Canada: Quebec, Ontario, British-Columbia
South Africa: Cape Town
Brazil: San Paolo
Is the drug safe? Are there any side effects?
The treatment we’re investigating, Colchicine, isn’t new – it’s an established treatment for things like gout, viral pericarditis and Familial Mediterranean Fever. It can cause some minor side effects, like nausea (affecting ~2% of people) and abdominal pain (affecting ~3%).
Why is only one of the two treatment groups being given Colchicine?
In order to really know if a drug has worked or not it has to be compared with a placebo – something that looks and feels like a treatment but doesn’t actually contain any medicine. That way we can be sure that any improvements or side-effects we see are caused by the drug and not people ‘expecting’ to feel a certain way. To make sure this effect doesn’t interfere with findings, many trials (including ours) use the ‘double blind’, method, where neither doctors nor patients know who’s taking the drug and who’s taking the placebo until after the trial has ended.
If the study is successful, will the drug be expensive to buy and produce?
Colchicine is produced by several different manufacturers, in many different countries, but generally it is very affordable. In Canada, for example, Colchicine costs less than 1 dollar per pill.
What’s the difference between Colchicine and Chloroquine?
They are completely different drugs that just happen to have similar-sounding names. The drug we are studying, Colchicine, is an anti-inflammatory drug, used to treat things like gout. Chloroquine, on the other hand, is a medicine for malaria and rheumatoid arthritis.
If I’m selected, will I have a dedicated contact I can call?
Yes. Our call centre has dedicated health professionals available 24 hours a day to answer your questions. Feel free to call our toll-free number on 1-877-536-6837.
What if my health deteriorates during the trial?
Throughout the trial you’ll have access to dedicated health professionals who will keep a close eye on your health at all times. Feel free to call our toll-free number on 1-877-536-6837.
Will I know whether I was given the drug or the placebo?
Absolutely. Once the study is finished, you’ll be told whether you received medication or placebo (a placebo is something that looks and feels like a medicine but actually contains no active ingredients).
Will my personal details be shared with the public when the results are published?
No, never. All participants’ personal information will stay 100% confidential.
Do I have to go to a clinic?
No, the entire ColCorona trial is home-based, so you won’t need to travel anywhere. The study medication will be delivered to your door free of charge, and you’ll be able to do everything else you need to from the comfort of your own home. If you have any questions or concerns about your health, you can phone our 24-hour call center and talk to our dedicated health care professionals by calling us on our toll-free number 1- 877-536-6837.
Will my treatment interact with my current medications?
As part of the joining-up process you’ll talk to a dedicated health professional who will ask you about any current conditions you might have, and note down and medications you might be on. Once on the trial, if you find you have any questions or concerns you can phone our 24-hour call centre and speak to our dedicated health care professionals by calling us on our toll-free number 1-877-536-6837.
If I request a call back will someone actually call me back?
Yes, always. A dedicated health care professional will call back promptly and answer any and all questions related to the trial.
How long do I have to take the medication for?
We’ll ask you to take the study medication for 30 days in total. You’ll take it twice a day for the first three days, then just once a day for the remaining 27 days.
Can I get into a vaccine trial?
No. This is purely a drug trial and has nothing to do with any vaccine research. We are investigating whether Colchicine - a medication that is already approved for other medical conditions - is an effective and safe treatment for people who have tested positive for COVID-19.
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