What is a clinical Trial?

Clinical trials are programs designed to determine if new medications are safe and effective for alleviating symptoms of a particular condition.  Clinical trails contribute to the discovery of new treatments and allow participants to have access to new research medications before they are on the market.

What are the benefits to participating in a clinical trial?

Clinical trials offer free treatments to novel and ground breaking medications.

Who can participate in a clinical Trial?

Every trial has different criteria that includes age, type of condition, and general health.

Am I compensated for participating in a clinical trial?

Participants are reimbursed for their travel.

What are my rights as a research participant?

Participants can choose to volunteer to participate in a trial and once enrolled, participants may choose to leave the trial at any time.

How are clinical trial participants protected?

Clinical trials are overseen by IRB (Institutional Review Boards) which are made up of doctors, health care providers and community leaders who are not effected or have stake in a study’s result. The IRB exists to protect clinical research participants so that they are not exposed to unnecessary risks.

Is my participation confidential?

The HIPAA ( Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Policy protects all patient information and ensures that participation in clinical trials is confidential.

What can I expect during my visit?

You will meet with a board certified physician, you will have a physical exam, blood work, an EKG and will have a psychiatric interview including rating scales for symptoms.

Can I take this medication even after the trial ends?

Some clinical trials offer free medications for sometimes 6-12 months after the initial part of the trial has ended.