Reseach FAQ

WHAT IS A CLINICAL TRIAL?

Clinical trials are conducted in a healthcare setting (a hospital or clinic) and are typically monitored by a trained healthcare professional. An Institutional Review Board or IRB approves all clinical trials. This is a committee made up of doctors, ethicists, members of the general public and administrators. This group is held responsible for agreeing that a trial does not represent an unreasonable risk to patients who are participating. Trials are also reviewed by the FDA. Your doctor is responsible for your well-being and is the best person to decide whether or not you are eligible to participate in a trial.

WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE IN A CLINICAL TRIAL?

There are many reasons people take part in research studies. It gives patients a chance to access medicine not available for prescription to the public. If this is the case, remember the study is being performed to discover if the drug works and to see if it is safe. This means there is information unknown about a drug therefore classifying it as experimental.

Often the process of collecting information in the study will allow your doctor to find out more about your disease and the effects it has on you. This may allow you to benefit from better treatment after you have completed a trial.

Lastly, a trial may not benefit you directly, but the information gathered may be of help to other patients with the same condition. Many patients derive satisfaction knowing they are part of the effort to potentially reduce the suffering of other people.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS AND RISKS OF PARTICIPATING IN A CLINICAL TRIAL?

Clinical trials that are well-designed and well-executed are the best approach for eligible participants to:

  • Play an active role in their own health care.
  • Gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available.
  • Obtain expert medical care at leading health care facilities during the trial.
  • Your quality of health and life may improve.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I AM ELIGIBLE FOR A CLINICAL TRIAL?

Talk to your doctor to find out if a trial is right for you. Each trial has certain requirements for participation. Your doctor will take a medical history from you and may request additional testing to determine if you are eligible according to the criteria for the study.

WHAT IS AN INFORMED CONSENT?

Anyone entering a clinical trial in the United States is required to sign a form indicating that they understand what will happen to them during the study. If the patient is a child, a parent or guardian must sign the form. This form will tell you what treatment will be given, what kind of problems might occur, and what other treatments might work for your condition. The amount of help expected from the study will be given. The informed consent form also indicates which costs are covered by the study and which must be paid by you (or your insurance).

WILL I BE PAID TO BE IN THE STUDY?

Qualified subjects will receive study related treatment and investigational medication at no cost, and may receive compensation for their time.

Contact us at research@allergicdisease.com to see if you qualify.

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