How Do Clinical Trials Work?

  • Clinical trials must adhere to Good Clinical Practices (GCP), rigid standards that explicitly state what is allowed by medical professionals during a clinical trial.
  • 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.

Why Should I Participate?

  • Your participation in a clinical trial can help the medical community bring new, life improving medications and treatment options to patients.
  • 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 a Clinical Trial?

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

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 and/or medical researchers at the trial site.
All patients should consult their doctors before considering participation in a clinical trial.