More students participate in pharmaceutical research

More students participate in pharmaceutical research

The number of students signing up for pharmaceutical research at PRA Health Sciences in Groningen has increased significantly since the start of the corona pandemic in March of last year.

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Door Remco van Veluwen

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By Remco van Veluwen

February 3 at 11:01 AM.
Last modified on March 15, 2021
at 10:38 AM.

Remco van Veluwen

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‘We’ve seen a continued increase in students signing up since March and April, during the first lockdown. That’s when more of them applied to participate’, says a spokesman. He also confirms that the number of students wanting to join is up from before the pandemic. 

Whether this is a way for students to make up for money they lost because they can’t work, he can’t say. ‘We have no insight into their financial situation.’ 

More time

It’s possible students simply have more time now. During a pharmaceutical study, participants have to stay at a clinic near the Martini hospital for several consecutive days. 

Normally, students don’t have time for this because they have class, but with everything online, that’s no longer an issue. Students who’ve signed up also say the change of surroundings and the contact with other participants is a plus if you’re otherwise spending your time home alone.

Restrictions

PRA has a group of regular participants. ‘But people can’t participate in studies indefinitely; there are restrictions’, the spokesman says. ‘You can’t finish one study and start another one a week later. You need to take at least a thirty-day break. So we’re happy that more people are interested.’

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