What are the risks associated with clinical trials?Any medical treatment may be accompanied by risks. This also applies closely monitored clinical trials when unforeseen side effects may occur. Before beginning a trial, the physicians will give you information about the potential risks that may occur when participating in clinical trials. These may include potential side effects and adverse reactions.
You must carefully weigh the risks against the potential benefits that could be and ask as many questions as you need. Please note the following when evaluating risks:
- Risks or side effects may be either better or worse than the current treatment options.
- Risks associated with clinical trials may vary depending on the disease being treated. The risks that may occur are carefully weighed by Medicines Agencies and Ethics Committees. Here physicians, scientists, patient advocates and ley people are examining the safety issues that may be present.
- If there would be complications that constitute a risk to participants in clinical trials, the trial will be stopped or put on hold until more information is known.