What is a Clinical Trial?
A clinical trial is carefully supervised research that is done prior to the release of a drug to the general public. Before a drug enters the clinical trial phase, it is extensively tested through basic or preclinical research in the laboratory and with animals.
The type of experiments done depends on which disease is being studied. The process that brings a new drug from the research laboratory to the marketplace is a long and careful one. It takes years to complete all of the testing in the laboratory, animals, and humans.
What Are The Potential Benefits From Participating in a Clinical Trial?
- The opportunity to become involved in the research of an investigational drug that would otherwise not be available. (Additional treatment options)
- The possibility of free study medication.
- Contributing to medical science which may help yourself and other patients now and in the future.
How Do People Become Involved in a Clinical Trial?
One of the most important steps in the development process of clinical trials is for people like you who volunteer to receive the drug and to be observed for its effects. It is through these trials that investigational new drugs are tested to determine whether they can benefit human beings. But before this can happen, people must volunteer and participate – a choice that may benefit not only the individual but many, many others as well.
Whether or not a clinical trial is right for you depends on a number of factors, including your medical condition and/or medical history. Not every disease will have a clinical trial at our office. But this situation is constantly changing.