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Common questions about clinical trials

July 30, 2020 10:53 am

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If you have ever considered participating in a clinical trial, no doubt you have many questions. Here are some answers to questions frequently asked questions:

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Trials – are they safe?

The trials need approval from independent bodies before they can take place. One such organization is the Research Ethics Committee. This means that you can be sure that the study is safe and designed with the safety of volunteers first and foremost. REC examines important factors such as health, ethics and safety before the start of all clinical trials. For more information on Adaptive Phase 1 Clinical Studies, visit a site like https://www.richmondpharmacology.com/specialist-services/adaptive-phase-i-studies

Healthy volunteers are used for testing only when a doctor has decided that the study is safe for them to participate in. However, there are some cases with new drugs where not all potential side effects can be seen. It is for this reason that the volunteers are provided with information and consent forms prior to the commencement of the trial. It provides all the information you need to know, allows you to make a decision about whether you want to continue and possible side effects. You are given a lot of time to read this information and make decision.

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Will there be side effects?

Some people experience side effects if they participate in a test or simply use drugs bought over the counter. Some cold and flu medications make people feel sleepy, for example. Side effects are usually mild and go away quickly with no harm done. To suffer serious side effects is very rare and drugs used in trials are given to volunteers in much lower doses than were deemed safe in animals.

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