GDen, I was in a clinical trial for Cimzia about a year and a half ago, when it was in the phase III clinical trials. I also loved getting free medication and doctor's visits. I think I received about $40 a visit also, but I don't remember for sure. I just liked having so much doctor attention...if I had any problems at all, someone listened and really cared for once. We thought that my trial would continue once Cimzia was available on the market for a "long-term" study of 5 years, like you mentioned, but then we found out that ours was ending. It sucked...I showed up and they were like, this is your last visit, this trial is over. I could have stayed on it, but decided to try Humira to see if it would help the arthritis more. After a year on Humira, I've just switched back to Cimzia and can tell a huge difference in 4 weeks. My only concern is only being able to get Cimzia monthly now, because we got it every 2 weeks on the trial (I also knew I was getting the real drug because I originally got randomized into the placebo group and when I showed a decrease in response, they moved me into the open label group). I'm glad to hear that someone else had a good response on the trial also, and it's great that you get to continue to do it!
Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety. Too many meds to list them all. =)