Introduction to Clinical TrialsThe process of bringing new medicine from the first discovery in a laboratory to the approval by the authorities is very long and complicated. After several years in development, only a few medicines reach the stage, where they can be tested in humans.
Clinical trials are one of the last stages in the long process that precedes the marketing of a new medicine. Clinical research gives us important information about our bodies and how the new medicine affects the body. The only way to develop safe and more effective medicines are using the information collected during clinical trials.
In the clinical phases the medicines are tested in humans, and therefore it is a necessity that people join and contribute to the process - a choice that not only can benefit the individual, but also benefit many others.
Whether a clinical trial is right for you depends on a number of factors, including your medical condition.
The following questions will help you understand the benefits and risks of participation, and give you an idea of what you can expect, if you decide to participate in a clinical trial.
- What is a clinical trial?
- Why performing clinical trials?
- Why do people choose to participate in clinical trials?
- Who can participate in clinical trials?
- What are the risks associated with clinical trials?
- How can I get involved in clinical trials?
- What are my rights as a participant?
- What are my responsebilities?
- How am I protected?
- Do I have to pay anything to participate in clinical trials?