a friend of mine applied to the mac study last year and was not appoved for entry because she was feeling good. it took her many months to get any response. on the other hand, i was notified within a month that i have been accepted and was on my way to nih the following month. this was two years ago. maybe they have recvd more applicants than needed in the last year? i say just apply and go for it. if accepted, great. as for free meds, don’t expect anything, but be pleasantly surprised if offered some! any patient will still get benefits from visiting this hospital with or without meds being offered. remember, this mac history study is NOT a drug study.