The Purpose Of Clinical Trials

Though there are currently Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved to treat patients with a broad spectrum of conditions, clinical trials are still extremely important. Researchers are working on providing patients with additional treatment options as well as developing medications with fewer side effects and easier treatment regimens. All of these experimental treatments must be tested for safety and effectiveness. Without participants in these trials, progress in understanding and treating diseases is impossible. Historically, study participants have been primarily white males. Women, people of various ethnicities and races, as well as other populations have been under-represented in clinical research. In order to better advance treatment, all populations must be represented in clinical trials.

In order for any medication to be approved by the FDA and placed on the market, it must be tested on humans in clinical trials. Clinical Trials show if a medication is effective in treating and/or reducing symptoms and if it is safe. There are different kinds of medication trials. Some examples are: testing a single experimental medication, evaluating different combinations of approved medications, and examining a combination of approved and experimental medications.

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