Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether an investigational product—such as a vaccine or other medication, combination of medications, medical device, or other treatment—is safe and effective for preventing or treating diseases and other health conditions. These studies are essential in the process of bringing new therapies to patients.
Clinical trials follow standards and are regulated to help protect people who choose to participate in the research process. An Independent Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board reviews and monitors each of these studies closely to safeguard the rights and welfare of participants.
If you choose to participate in a clinical trial, we encourage you to communicate freely with the study doctor throughout your participation. If you have any questions or concerns about a study, you should feel comfortable discussing them with the study doctor at any time.
Taking part in a clinical trial is voluntary. If the study doctor determines that you qualify for participation based on a screening process, you may choose to participate or not participate. You will be given time and opportunity to ask questions before deciding what you want to do. Your decision will in no way affect current or future treatment you receive outside the study. If you choose to participate, you will need to follow study instructions and complete study-related activities BUT you may withdraw from the study at any time for any reason without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.