WHAT ARE CLINICAL TRIALS AND ARE THEY SAFE?
A Clinical Trial is a study that is used to gather information about new
medicines. Information obtained during these trials help pharmaceutical researchers develop new and better medicines to treat all diseases. Most medicines
prescribed today have been through numerous Clinical Trials before becoming available to the public. Patient safety is the utmost concern of the FDA, the
pharmaceutical company, and the research site.
Every precaution is taken to ensure the study participant understands and agrees to the study. Before
participating in a study, volunteers must sign an Informed Consent form that gives detailed information regarding the study, medications, and procedures that will
take place. Experienced investigators (clinical research physicians) and nurses (clinical research coordinators) closely monitor the participant during the course
of the study.
All research studies must also be reviewed by a committee called an Institutional Review Board (IRB). This committee consists of medical
professionals and ethicists representing the community. The IRB has the study participant's best interests in mind, and will address any questions or concerns.
WHY SHOULD I VOLUNTEER FOR A CLINICAL TRIAL?
By participating in a clinical trial, you are helping yourself and others like you to live healthier
lives. Without volunteers, there would be no new drugs to fight diseases and ailments. If you qualify as a volunteer, you receive all medical visits related to the
study free of charge. This includes physical examinations, study medications, and laboratory tests.
You may have the opportunity to receive a new
medication to treat your condition. You also have the opportunity to learn about your condition or disease, and about the latest research and treatments. Your
volunteer efforts will contribute to the advancement of medical care. Compensation for your time and travel is available.
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