Clinical research studies are designed to answer specific questions about study drugs and are needed to help find new and possibly better future treatments for diseases.
A study drug goes through several phases of clinical research to evaluate its safety and effectiveness. Depending on the results of the research, the study drug could later be available to the public.
Clinical research studies are performed in accordance with strict governmental guidelines. These guidelines help ensure that the study participant’s safety and rights are protected during the clinical research study, while allowing valuable information about the study drug to be collected.
Volunteering to participate in a clinical research study is an important decision that should be thought through carefully. Participation is entirely voluntary and an individual has the right to decline participation or to discontinue participation at any time, for any reason, without penalty or loss of any of the benefits to which they would otherwise have been entitled.