Before a medication is made available to the general public, it must undergo stringent clinical testing. Pharmaceutical companies do years of laboratory research and then must apply to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in order to conduct clinical trials and research studies on humans.
Clinical trials are essential to the development of new medications and treatments. Clinical trials generally fall into one of the following categories:
- Treatments – Testing new treatments or comparing treatments.
- Prevention – Research and testing on how to prevent healthy people from getting a condition or to stop it from recurring.
- Screening – Clinical trials can detect a certain disease or condition.
- Quality of Life – Clinical trials and research studies goal is to improve the comfort and everyday life for those suffering with chronic illnesses.
- Genetics – The role of genes in an illness.
Through clinical trials and research studies, pharmaceutical companies can determine:
- How a new medication should be administered (i.e. by mouth or injection)
- Effective dosage amounts and intervals
- Side effects
- Drug metabolism
- Drug effectiveness
- Impact on volunteer’s quality of life
- Cost effectiveness
By participating in clinical trials and research studies, you will be helping develop promising new treatments, while at the same time, possibly reducing your own discomfort and symptoms. While clinical trials and research studies are safe and supervised, we encourage you to learn as much as you can about what they entail. To read details on our clinical trials, please click on the links below.