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How Do Clinical Trials Work?

  • Good Clinical Practices (GCP) are a set of very strict standards that detail exactly what is and is not allowed by researchers during a clinical trial. Legally, all clinical trials must adhere to the GCP.
  • Clinical trials follow rigid drug testing procedures designed to help researchers determine the safety and effectiveness of the drug or medical treatment being studied.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a set of regulations that must be followed when bringing a new drug or treatment to market. Clinical trials conduct research and collect data in alignment with these FDA regulations.
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Why Should I Participate?

  • Your participation in a clinical trial can help the medical community bring new, life-saving medications and treatment options to patients.
  • As a participant, you may receive an investigational drug or treatment that is not yet widely available.
  • If the investigational drug proves to be effective, you may benefit from the effect(s) of the investigational drug or procedure.
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Who Can Participate in a Clinical Trial?

  • Every clinical trial has a set of criteria that trial participants must meet in order to participate, including informed consent and HIPAA authorization.
  • The ability and willingness to travel to the location of the clinical trial is also required. (Travel can be frequent.)

To see if you qualify, fill out this online pre-screener.

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How Are Clinical Trials Conducted?

  • Clinical trials usually take place at a local hospital, medical clinic, or research facility, and care is provided by licensed physicians or medical researchers at the trial site.
All patients should consult their doctors before considering participation in a clinical trial.