Clinical Trials 101
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So what exactly is a clinical trial?
Clinical trials are research studies designed to answer important questions about the safety and efficacy (how well they work) of investigational medications (medicines that have not been approved by health authorities such as the FDA). Without clinical trials, we would not have new medications. In addition, we would know less about diseases and how to treat them.
Clinical trials need to be approved by an Independent Ethics Committee, an organization that is responsible for protecting the rights and safety of individuals who take part in research studies.
What goes into a clinical trial?
Why do we conduct clinical trials?
Clinical trials (also called medical research and research studies), are used to evaluate the potential benefits and risks of a new drug or treatment. Every new treatment must be tested during clinical trials before health agencies (government agencies that approve medications) can approve it for use in the specified disease population.
Answers to some common questions about clinical trials:1
Knowing about clinical trials can help you and your doctor make a decision that’s right for you.
Learn about the Etro Studies, a series of clinical trials to test an investigational treatment for Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis.
Reference: 1. www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/basics.htm