Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a clinical trial?
A. A clinical trial is a scientific investigation into the effectiveness and safety of a new medicine or medical device. It is a mandatory step that companies go through to get new treatments approved for use. All modern devices and drugs go through clinical trials, and all study-related patient care is paid for by the sponsor company.
Q. Why should I consider joining a clinical trial?
A. Clinical research trials can make new, leading-edge options available to patients. Many of these therapies would otherwise be inaccessible. This is particularly important for patients for whom existing treatments have not been successful. Also, clinical trials mean regular healthcare and tests, including visits to a board-certified physician. And it’s all paid for by the sponsor company.
Q. Are clinical trials ethical?
A. Yes. In fact, they are the very foundation of good medicine, which is based on evidence. Clinical trials are the means of gathering that vital evidence. Will this new medication work? How well? Is it safe? Who should and should not take it? Ethically, these questions must be answered.
Q. Are clinical trials safe?
A. Clinical investigations are experiments, so there are risks involved. But your safety is regulated by the federal government and of paramount importance to the company sponsoring your trial. Trials are also looked-after by a special review board, and at Clinical Trials of America, Inc., your safety and health are our most important concerns.
Q. Are all clinical trials the same?
A. No. Each clinical trial is different, with its own objectives and rules. How well the trial is run also makes a difference, which is why Clinical Trials of America follows the highest standards, puts your interests first and works with top-level doctors. And because we’re trusted by sponsors, review boards and investigators, you’ll know you’re in excellent hands.