What are clinical trials?
All new medications must be tested in a series of clinical trials or clinical research studies. These research studies follow a protocol and are done according to strict regulatory guidelines. These guidelines help ensure that a participant's safety and rights are protected. Participants may gain access to new treatments or existing treatments while helping others by contributing to medical research. Without clinical trials, new drug treatments would not be safely developed and few medical advances would be made.
Why are clinical trials conducted?
Clinical trials answer important questions about the safety and effectiveness of an investigational drug. Some studies involve new medications that are under development. Some studies are conducted on medications that are already FDA approved and already being sold.
How does it work?
Participating in a clinical trial typically entails visits to a research site (a clinic like ours). The study is explained in detail and you can decide for yourself whether or not you wish to participate. We follow a set protocol. Study procedures may include physical examiantion, laboratory tests, electrocardiogram (ECG) and other diagnostic tests such as spirometry (breathing test) as well as answering questionnaires. Participation is voluntary.
How much does it cost?
Nothing! Each trial has specific procedures that are done and these may include having vital signs taken (blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature, etc.), electrocardiogram (ECG), and study-related blood tests. You will also be examined by the the doctor. If you qualify, you may receive study medication. All these are at no cost to you.
How do I qualify?
Each study has a set of guidelines or criteria for qualification. Our staff will go over these with you on your first visit. Qualification usually depends on your willingess and availability, medical history, physcial examination and diagnostic tests.
Where does it take place?
All the visits will take place here at our clinic. If you would like to see where we are located please click on the button for directions.
Who will I see or speak with?
Call our office to speak with one of the study coordinators. When you come in to the office for your screening visit, you will meet with a study coordinator and the study doctor. For more detailed information check out our about us section.