Clinical Trials – What You Need To KnowClinical Trials – What You Need To Know
The following will provide you withsome information about participation in clinical research.Before a medication can be used, drug companies conduct clinical trials to ensure that it is safe and effective.
WHAT IS A CLINICAL TRIAL?A clinical trial is aresearch study inhuman subjects underthe direct supervisionof experiencedphysicians.
SAFETY IS FOREMOST These trials study new treatments following strict rules set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A independent group from the community called an IRB* helps protect study participants by making sure the study is compliant with the law.* Independent Review Board
Every medication currentlyavailable is the result of agroup of people whoparticipated in a clinicaltrial.
WHY PARTICIPATE?People join clinical trials for a variety ofreasons.Many people with a chronic healthcondition choose to join a clinical trial toreceive a study medication that couldpotentially improve their symptoms.
Other people want the satisfaction of knowing they may ultimately help someone with a chronic or serious illness by advancing medical research today.
Some people join a clinical trial to have access to no-cost health assessments. • All study-related clinic visits, physical examinations and diagnostic tests are provided to those who qualify at no charge.
A carefully conducted clinical trial is the fastest and safest way to find treatmentsthat lead to new and improved medicines.
CAN ANYBODY PARTICIPATE? All clinical trials have guidelines. These are based on things like age, gender, previous medical treatments and other conditions. Not everyone who wants to participate in a clinical trial will be accepted. Some studies need healthy volunteers, while others studies require patients with the illness or condition being studied.
ARE THERE RISKS? The Informed Consent Form will clearly list the known side-effects of the study medicine. Because the medications being tested are new, some side effects may still be unknown. Known risks are fully explained by the clinical trial staff. Medications being tested can have unpleasant or serious side effects.
WILL MY PRIVACY BE PROTECTED? All medical records and research materials that identify participants are kept confidential as required by law.
If accepted into a clinical trial, you can stopyour participation in the trial at any time for any reason.
FIND OUT MOREIf you think you are a good subject and havean interest in clinical trials, there are a manygood websites with additional information,including:•CenterWatch.com•ClinicalTrials.gov•Ciscrp.org
FIND OUT MORE• Visit our current enrolling studies.• Read more about participation. www.ComprehensiveCD.com