Clinical trials are conducted to make sure new drugs, etc. are safe and effective before they can be approved by the FDA. There are many different phases in clinical trials, and each phase can take several months to several years to complete. This means there will be LOTS of opportunities to participate in clinical trials – both now and in the future.
Here are a few things to know about participating in a clinical trial:
- While clinical trials play a crucial role in advancing medical knowledge and treatments, being the first to sign up for a clinical trial may not be right for everyone. In some cases, later-phase trials with more participants and safety data might be a more suitable option for those seeking to contribute to medical research while minimizing risks.
- If you are considering participating in a clinical trial, make sure to talk about the potential risks, benefits, and uncertainties with the trial’s investigators, your healthcare provider, and your loved ones. Additionally, ensure that you fully understand the informed consent process, which provides comprehensive information about the trial’s objectives, procedures, potential risks, and your rights as a participant.