How Do Clinical Trials Work?
- Clinical trials must adhere to Good Clinical Practices (GCP), rigid boundaries that explicitly state what is allowed by medical professionals during a clinical trial.
- Clinical trials involve drug testing procedures, allowing researchers to ascertain whether a treatment is effective and safe.
- Research is conducted and data is collected from the clinical trial, following FDA regulations.
Why Should I Participate?
- Choosing to enroll in a clinical trial potentially helps medical professionals discover new procedures and drugs that can help save lives.
- If you choose to participate in a clinical trial you may receive investigational drugs, medical treatment and/or procedures at no cost.
Who Can Participate in Clinical Trials?
- Only patients who meet certain requirements may participate in clinical trials. Individuals must also give informed consent and agree to U.S. medical privacy standards.
- Frequent travel to the clinical trial site is a requirement of many clinical trials. Willingness to travel to the site is often weighed heavily when considering participation.
To see if you qualify, use the online pre-screener.
How Are Trials Conducted?
- Qualifying patients are enrolled in trials at local hospitals, clinics, and research centers.
- Care for patients is provided by on-site doctors and principal investigators throughout the clinical trial.
- Some patients may receive investigational drugs or prescribed drugs during the trial.
All patients should consult their doctors before considering participation in a clinical trial.