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People Who Participate in Clinical Trials Help Make New Medicines Possible

November 23rd, 2020

Clinical trials offer hope for many people because they provide an opportunity to help researchers find new or better treatments for a wide range of diseases. These important studies show how potential drugs in development will interact with the human body. Accordingly, clinical trials depend on people to volunteer as clinical trial participants.

Some clinical trials are small, with few patients. Trials in diseases that affect more people require large studies with many volunteers. At any given time, there are more than 130,000 volunteers in clinical trials worldwide. In the area of drug development, volunteers are participating in several different types of clinical trials:

  • Some are in safety studies, designed to determine if a new treatment is safe for further testing.
  • Some are in dose determining studies, helping determine which dose or doses are most effective for broader testing.
  • Some are in efficacy studies, designed to determine if a new test or treatment works to treat a disease or can improve the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.
  • Some are in long-term safety studies, with participants of previous clinical trials continuing with treatment to gather long-term safety and tolerability data beyond the time period of the original study.

People volunteer to participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers may participate to help others and to contribute to advancing scientific understanding. Participants with a specific disease may volunteer to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest potential treatment in development.

No matter why they choose to participate, clinical trial volunteers play a very important role and help to make new medicines possible. If you are considering volunteering for a clinical trial, the National Institutes of Health may be a good place to start for more information.

We at Concert are very thankful for everyone who volunteers to participate in clinical trials.

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