FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you’ve never participated in a clinical trial before (or even if you have) it’s only natural for you to have questions. If you have questions that aren’t answered here, do feel free to call us on 1-877-536-6837.
Are there any financial costs or payments?
All treatments will be free. You will not be paid for your participation in this study/trial.
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
The medication provided may help ease your symptoms and speed your recovery.
I have tested positive for COVID-19 but I don’t have any symptoms. Is it still worth me taking part?
This virus is unpredictable, and we are keen for the trial to include patients who have no symptoms in order to observe the effects of the trial drug. Your participation may help fellow COVID-19 patients who are suffering ill-effects and may accelerate their recovery.
Which countries are taking part in the trial?
We are inviting Covid patients in the following regions to participate (remotely) in the ColCorona Clinical Trial:
United States: New York City Tri-State area, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Yuma, Jacksonville, Rochester and Bakersfield
Canada: Quebec, Ontario, British-Columbia
South Africa: Cape Town
Is Colchicine dangerous? Are there any side effects?
Colchicine is an inexpensive but efficient anti-inflammatory drug approved for patients with gout, viral pericarditis and Familial Mediterranean Fever. It’s a known and secure medication. It can cause minor side effects, the most frequently observed being nausea (2%) and abdominal pain (3%).
Why is one group given Colchicine, while the other receives a placebo?
The research protocol approved by Health Canada includes double-blind randomization - it must include a group receiving the medication and a group receiving a placebo without knowing who is receiving which treatment to determine whether the drug is effective in treating COVID-19.
If the study results are successful, will the colchicine be expensive to buy and produce?
The cost of colchicine depends on the manufacturer and the country. In Canada, it is less than 1 dollar per pill.
What’s the difference between Colchicine and Chloroquine?
Colchicine and Chloroquine are two entirely different drugs. Colchicine inhibits cellular microtubules and possesses anti-inflammatory properties whereas Chloroquine is an antimalarial drug that is also used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. While there is little to no evidence of Chloroquine’s efficacy in treating COVID-19, there is evidence to suggest Colchicine has the potential to alleviate the effects of the virus.
If I’m selected, will I have a dedicated contact I can call?
Yes. The call centre has trained professionals available at any time to answer your questions.
What if my health deteriorates during the trial?
Throughout the clinical trial, you will have access to a healthcare professional to answer your questions and determine the best options based on your condition.
When will I know whether I was taking Colchicine or the placebo?
Once the study’s complete, participants can be told if they were given the trial medication or the placebo.
Will my personal details be shared with the public when the results are published?
No. All the participants’ personal information always stays confidential.
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