Clinical Trials Being Held Across the Area

Lynchburg, VA - Cutting edge treatment of some of the biggest chronic diseases out there is being tested in our area.

Clinical drug trials for asthma, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and mental illness are going on in Lynchburg.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) just came out with the Research in Your Backyard report.

In Lynchburg alone it shows there have been 115 clinical trials for new medicines in the last 13 years.

Jeff Trewhitt with PhRMA says right now there are 9 active trials just in the Hill City recruiting new patients.

"Be your own advocate. Ask your doctor about these local community clinical trials going on around you esp if you are a chronic disease sufferer who does not have an effective treatment and you want to find something better," Trewhitt said.

The following are taking part in clinical trials in our area:

- Lynchburg Hematology-Oncology Clinic

- Centra Lynchburg General Hospital

- Blue Ridge Cancer Care in Christiansburg and Salem

- Roanoke Heart Institute