How am I protected?Prior the beginning of a clinical trial all participants are introduced to an Informed Consent. This is due to your protection, and implies that you are protected from research without your consent.
Informed consent means that the healthcare professionals thoroughly will explain the trial to you. Here you will be informed about the duration of the trial, potential side effects from the medicine being tested, your rights to withdraw from the trial and how the trial is considered completed.
When you fully understand the scope of the trial, you can decide to continue and sign the informed consent form, but remember that you always have the right to say no. Even if you have signed the informed consent form, you have at any time the right to withdraw your consent without justification. This will not affect your continued treatment of any disease.
Once the trial is completed, you have the right to know if you have been treated with an active medicine or a placebo. However, please be aware that it may take some time from your participation is completed until the entire trial is completed.