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How Do Clinical Trials Work?

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  • 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?

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  • 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?

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  • 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?

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  • 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.