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Todays clinical trials are tomorrow's miracles.

Clinical trials are essential for advancing medical treatments of illnesses that need it most. Participating in a clinical trial has many benefits to you, your family, and the patient population that shares your illness now or in the future. While each study will carry many benefits to each individual, they all have some shared benefits that make it worth looking into a study.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials, also known as clinical studies, test potential treatments in human volunteers to see whether they should be approved for wider use in the general population. A treatment could be a drug, medical device, or biologic, such as a vaccine, blood product, or gene therapy. Potential treatments, however, must first be studied in laboratory animals to determine its safety before they can be tried in people.

Treatments having acceptable safety profiles and showing the most promise in the animal model are then moved into clinical trials. Clinical trials are an integral part of new product discovery and development, and are required by all regulatory agencies (e.g. the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States), before a new product can be brought to the market.

Why participate in a clinical trial?

The decision to participate in a clinical trial is one that should be made by the patient and his/her loved ones working in close communication with the physician. Participants in clinical trials play a key role in drug development and discovery; clinical trials contribute to knowledge and progress in treating and preventing diseases.

First and foremost participants can help others by contributing to medical knowledge and improving public health. Further, a participant does not need to be a patient diagnosed with a specific disease or health problem as some clinical trials, focusing on safety, will include healthy volunteers. Patients who take part in clinical trials may benefit from the treatments they receive.

As part of a clinical trial, a patient will receive either the experimental treatment being tested, an accepted standard treatment for the condition, or a placebo. It is important to understand that there is no guarantee that any treatment received in a clinical trial will produce the desired results.

What should one expect during a clinical trial?

For all types of trials, participants work with a research or clinical trial team, including doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health care professionals. Prior to the trial, the research team will check the health of the participant and review any special instructions for trial participation.

As the trial begins and throughout its duration, the research team will administer treatment, (whether that be the experimental treatment, a standard treatment or a placebo depending on the requirements of the study) and monitor the participant on a regular basis to determine effectiveness and side-effects of the treatment.

Ongoing communication is an important part of any clinical trial and after the trial has been completed the research team will stay in touch with the participant for a specified period of time to assess any effects of the treatment after treatment has stopped. The data collected before, during and after the trial is a crucial component to the drug’s approval submission to drug regulatory agencies.

Who can participate in a clinical trial?

Before joining a clinical trial, a participant must meet certain criteria. This is an important aspect of any clinical trial to ensure that the treatment is being investigated accurately and safely.

Factors that allow someone to participate in a clinical trial are called "inclusion criteria," and those that disallow someone from participating are called "exclusion criteria." These criteria are used to identify appropriate participants.

Acceptance of a participant into a clinical trial is based on such factors as age, gender, the type and stage of disease, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. For example, some research studies seek participants with specific illnesses or conditions, while others need healthy participants. Some studies may include only men, some studies may include men and women but not women of child-bearing potential, and some studies may include men and women within a specific age range (ie, 18-65 years of age). These criteria are defined by the amount of scientific and safety information that is known about a treatment being tested at the time the trial is planned to start.

What are the benefits and risks of participating in a clinical trial?

Benefits include:
Playing an active role in one’s health care, gaining access to medications that may not be available for a significant amount of time, and helping others by participating in the trial so the treatment can potentially be approved and made available to the public.

Participation in a clinical trial may involve some risks that your doctor will explain in more detail. These risks include:
• Side-effects that are known and those that have not yet been identified;
• Risks associated with study procedures;
• The experimental treatment may be ineffective or less effective than the current standard;
• The experimental treatment may not work for every patient.

Additionally, in some clinical trials the patient may not receive the experimental treatment, but the current standard or a placebo. In addition to the risks listed above, the trial might require the participant’s time and attention—including trips to the study site, more treatments, hospital stays or complex dosage requirements.

What should people consider before joining a clinical trial?

It is important that all prospective participants understand as much as they can about their condition and the clinical trial they are considering. Participants should feel comfortable asking the members of the research team questions about the trial, the care expected while participating, as well as the anticipated cost.

Questions participants should discuss with the trial’s research team include, but are not limited to, the following:
• What is the purpose of the trial?
• Who is going to be in the trial?
• Why do researchers believe the experimental treatment being tested may be effective?
• Has it been tested before?
• What kinds of tests and experimental treatments are involved?
• How do the possible risks, side effects, and benefits in the study compare with my current treatment?
• How will my condition and the effectiveness of the treatment be monitored?
• How might this trial affect my daily life?
• How long will the trial last?
• Will hospitalization be required?
• Who will pay for the experimental treatment?
• Will I be reimbursed for other expenses?
• What type of long-term follow up care is part of this study?
• Will results of the trials be provided to me? When?
• Who will be in charge of my care?

Will a patient be paid to participate in the clinical trial or is there a cost to participate?

Compensation for participants is unique with each clinical trial and each sponsoring partner. This is a question that should be discussed with the researcher when considering participating in a clinical trial.

The experimental compound as well as tests and procedures associated with the trial are usually provided at no cost to the participant. In most cases, the cost of routine tests and procedures—not associated with the trial—are the responsibility of the participant, or the participant’s insurance carrier.
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