‘I TRI­ALLED A FLU TABLET’

Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - REPORT -

body+soul deputy ed­i­tor Lizza Ge­bi­la­gin tells of her ex­pe­ri­ence in a flu trial: “When I lived in Canada years ago, I took part in a trial to test a new flu tablet. There was noth­ing al­tru­is­tic about my mo­tive – I needed money for a hol­i­day. They paid me $1500 to spend two week­ends in an of­fice space filled with bunk beds and a sin­gle TV. We were given the tablet on ar­rival, and the next morn­ing, the nurses took our blood ev­ery 15 min­utes for the first three hours, then ev­ery hour af­ter that. I met peo­ple there who did tri­als as a liv­ing, but I wouldn’t do it again be­cause I left feel­ing frail and I didn’t en­joy be­ing con­fined.”

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