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Local Research Company Is Seeking Participants for Gout Studies
By Nancy Kennedy

A South Hills research company is looking for men and women to participate in clinical research studies. Primary Care Research South, Inc., located in Upper St. Clair, hopes to recruit people for two gout studies. One study seeks men who are 50 or older, and women who are 55 or older, who have been diagnosed with both gout and heart disease. Heart disease may include a history of chest pain, stroke, blocked arteries and diabetes. This study is designed to investigate the cardiovascular safety of a drug called febuxostat, in comparison to allopurinol, in people who have both gout and cardiovascular problems.

Participants for the second study must be ages 18 to 85 and currently taking allopurinol, a medication used to treat gout, and must have still had two or more gout attacks in the past year. This study will evaluate an investigational drug to see if, in combination with allopurinol, it works better by reducing the high levels of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is the substance in the body that causes gout attacks. Participants in the study will receive daily doses of the investigative drug, as well as doses of allopurinol, at no charge for either. They will receive close monitoring of their condition and appropriate medical care, at no charge. Patients must be willing to keep a monthly study appointment, for a 14-month period; comply with study instructions as provided by the study physician and staff; undergo testing to monitor their response to the medications and their general health; and keep a record of their medications and symptoms or attacks of gout.

Primary Care Research South is a research company within the family medical practice of Peter Gagianas, M.D. Dr. Gagianas is a board-certified family practice physician who graduated from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine and completed his residency at UPMC St. Margaret. All appointments will take place at Dr. Gagianas’s office, located at the Summerfield Commons office complex on Washington Road.

To inquire about enrolling in the study, call 412-283-0077.

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