Sante Clinical Research has been serving the Kerrville area since 2015 and is a local clinical research facility which strives to help the residents in the community gain access to medications, no matter their income or location.
The word Sante is French and means ‘health’. The logo behind Sante comes from a saying, “What if I fall? Oh, but darling, what if you fly?” received by Danielle Monclova, Sante’s Clinical Research Coordinator.
“Sante is here to be able to help the community and our patients. We work tirelessly running trials. Medical care right now is a very complex system for patients to be able to access everything they need to; for those who can’t afford it or don’t have access to new medications where they live,” says Danielle Monclova.
Sante started out with only one doctor, running one trial. Currently, they have completed approximately 16 trials and have 6 personnel and 4 doctors. They hope to break the stigma people have for the word ‘research’.
Many people, every day, take medications for “XYZ” and don’t realize that the medicine they are taking has been through a clinical trial.
“We don’t do placebos or Phase 1 and Phase 2,” states Monclova. “Phase 1 is where healthy individuals are tested. Phase 2 is to test against a placebo. Phase 3 tests against multiple doses or active medications already on the market. Phase 4 is continued testing on medications currently released on the market.”
She explains that each treatment lasts about 6-12 months and gives patients security about where their next medication will come from.
With their research, everyone on the Sante team looks over the patient’s health information, as well as other specialists, to be sure the right trial is happening for the right person and the right person is enrolled in the right clinical research trial.
Sante works in conjunction with area doctors such as Dr. Mohar, Dr. Menendez, and Dr. Hurley, among others.
Sante runs their trials according to the needs of the local residents. They have treated asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol triglycerides, and even Alzheimer’s.
Many doctors refer patients to Sante but the public is welcome to stop by and get more information about beginning in a trial. Sante reviews a potential patient’s medical history and requests medical records to makes sure they are a good fit for the trial. Then they enroll them or inform them of when the next trial they are fit for becomes available.
“Our doors are open to anyone who would like to participate. Doctors refer patients to us, as well. Trials don’t cost you anything. No insurance is needed and we compensate the patients for participating.”
Their office lives by two rules. The first is, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” and the second is “We won’t give medications to those that don’t need it.”
For their future plans, Sante aims to stay focused on their patients and not grow too big. They strive to remain humble and not forget where they started.
“We love our doctors, our community, and our patents, which we call our research family. We want this to be a safe and positive place for people to come. We encourage and counsel everyone to make better health choices and stay adamant about their health and treatments”, says Monclova.
“Always be open-minded and see if something could be a good fit for you. If it’s not a good fit, you wont be enrolled.”
If anyone is interested in Sante Clinical Research, contact them at 830-890-5171 or visit their location in Kerrville at 1208 Bandera Hwy. Residents are also encouraged to visit their website for more information.
Below is a video showing the importance of clinical trials, created by MT Pharmacy.