What is a clinical research trial?
It's a medical research study that is conducted to determine the effectiveness and safety of a drug or treatment. It's also used to discover the side effects, if any. Humans are used for clinical trials. Animal testing occurs at the pre-clinical trials.
Clinical trial information:
• Helps regulatory authorities decide if a drug should be
approved for use in their country
• Guides health professionals in their decisions about the
drugs and treatments that are prescribed for their patients
• Assists consumers use OTC (over-the-counter) and
prescription medications properly
Why do people volunteer?
There are many reasons why people volunteer for clinical trials, including:
• free comprehensive physical exam
• financial compensation
• new medical knowledge
• personal satisfaction