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About Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are vital to developing new drugs. Before a drug or medical device can be prescribed, it must be shown to be safe and effective through clinical trials in people. Clinical trials are carefully designed studies that use the scientific method to evaluate a specific medical treatment or intervention, such as a new drug.

Frequently Asked Questions

Clinical trials are monitored carefully by Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) or Ethics Committees (ECs). These are groups of scientists and non-scientists who assess the ethics and safety of a clinical trial to ensure that participants are at the least possible risk.

Clinical trials are sponsored by life sciences companies and research institutions. They are conducted by principal investigators, typically doctors, along with a medical team and researchers.

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