Clinical trials are a vital step in developing
treatments and therapies that improve lives.
Through clinical trials we are able to answer
questions about a particular disease, test an investigational treatment or evaluate new uses of an existing treatment and determine whether a treatment is safe and effective.
In many cases, the therapies and drugs investigated
in clinical trials are not approved by Regulatory Agencies (such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States), and the benefits and risks of taking the treatment are not well
Why participate in a clinical trial?
Participants in clinical trials can play a more active
role in their own healthcare, potentially gaining access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and helping others by contributing to medical research.
Who can participate in a clinical trial?
All clinical trials have guidelines about who can
participate which are based on factors such as age, gender, type of disease, etc. These factors are used to identify appropriate participants for each trial. It also helps ensure that questions being
studied can be adequately answered. Some research studies seek participants with illnesses or conditions to be studied in the clinical trial, while others need healthy participants.