Clinical trials are research studies designed to answer specific questions about new medications that may prevent, treat or cure conditions. These studies are designed to assess both the safety and effectiveness of a product. They are also carefully conducted under strict U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.
These are really rhetorical questions (but play along anyway). Have you ever:
Everybody has been touched by advances brought to our society thru clinical research. More valuable than any monetary donation individuals can make, participants are the standout heroes who carry the ball over the goal— who make vaccines, better therapies, even the cure possible. We change each other's lives for the better.
When you participate in a clinical trial, expect to:
When you participate in a clinical trial, expect to be treated like a medical hero, too. You're entitled to feel like the essential research partner that you are. In addition to gaining access to the best medicine has to offer, you'll gain face-time with hot-shot experts, too.
To understand how clinical trials work, review the steps. While studies are all different depending on the disease, what is being tested, and how protocols are designed, all of them have these steps in common to safeguard patient rights, ensure full disclosure and informed consent, and a reliable way to collect the most accurate data for review and approval by the FDA.