WHAT IS CLINICAL RESEARCH?


Through clinical studies, doctors find new and better ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, control, and treat illnesses. All medicines and treatments have to be researched for many years and FDA approved before doctors can prescribe them. Volunteers are a very important to this process.  Without volunteers, we could not conduct thesestudiess.

The more a drug shows positive signs, the more participants will be added to the study and the research continues to the next phase. Clinical trials can vary in size from a single center in one country to multi-center trials in multiple countries.

Drug, device, and procedure testing begins with extensive laboratory research which can involve years of experiments. If the initial laboratory research is successful, researches send the data to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval to continue research and testing in humans.

Once approved, human testing of experimental drugs, devices and procedures can begin and is typically conducted in four phases. Each phase is considered a separate trial and, after each phase, investigators are required to submit their data for approval from the FDA before continuing to the next phase.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?



It is important to test drugs and medical products in the people they are meant to help. It is also important to conduct research in a variety of people because different people may respond differently to treatments. FDA seeks to ensure that people of different ages, races, ethnic groups, and genders are included in clinical trials.

Some people participate in clinical trials because they have exhausted approved treatment options - which either did not work for them, or they were unable to tolerate certain side effects. Clinical trials may provide another option when standard therapy has failed.

Other people participate in studies because they want to contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge. Not everyone who applies for a clinical trial will be accepted. Volunteers may be excluded based on the eligibility criteria and/or the number of participants needed by the researchers to collect enough information to determine the safety and effectiveness of a medication.


WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE?
• All visits, tests, and procedures related to the study are at no charge to you.
• You will be compensated for your time.
• Health insurance is not required to participate.
• You have access to the latest medications and treatments that are not otherwise available. 
• You may benefit your future and the future of others by helping doctors evaluate new medications.

 

IS RESEARCH FOR ME?

Clinical Research trials provide people with the chance to improve the quality of their lives, as well as contribute to the discovery of new and improved medications. To be eligible to participate, you must meet the requirements of a particular trial.  Each study has different requirements. After speaking to one of our patient specialist, you would know if you fit the criteria or not.

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