What is a Clinical Trial?
What is in it for Me?
What are the Risks?
How do I sign up?
Who can do it?
Why participate?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a clinical trial?

Every year the medical industry spends millions of dollars on research and development to create thousands of new medications and devices. These products are all designed to be as good as or better than what is currently on the market. To get to market the new drugs and devices must go through many phases of carefully controlled and monitored preclinical testing to ensure the safety of the product, determine the correct dosage and most importantly if it works. Of the thousands of products that begin the process only a small fraction make it to the next step.

The next step is the clinical trial process.

Since no two people are exactly alike, the clinical trial process is designed to safely introduce the drug or device to a much larger group of people. The goal of the testing at this level is to verify that the product works as expected and that there are no unexpected side effects. The benefit to you as a participant is that you may receive the benefits of the new investigational medication or device long before it receives FDA approval and is generally available to the public.

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How do I benefit from being part of a Clinical Trial?

Reduced cost to treat your specific medical problem.
No co-pays or charges for anything related to the study.
Frequent visits during the trial to monitor your health and the medical condition being studied.
Reimbursement for time and travel.
First to receive a new medication or device for your condition.

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What are the possible risks?

The number one priority of a clinical research trial is the safety and effectiveness of the trial drug. All FDA approved drugs currently available on the market, whether by prescription or over the counter, have an insert that lists the known possible side effects. These side effects are discovered during the clinical trials that are done before the drug or device is put on the market.

Because everyone responds differently to medications and medical devices, the more participants participate in a clinical trial, the better its safety and potential side effects can be determined. Some clinical trials may compare different doses of a trial drug, or compare a trial drug or device to an inactive drug called a placebo. Some studies will compare a trial drug to a one that has already been approved by the FDA and is on the market.

Each trial is different and ALL participants are given a written document called an informed consent that details all aspects of the Clinical Trial you may be interested in. There are no guarantees as to which group you may be in, or the outcome. The doctor may not continue your participation in a trial if you are not doing well or if you choose to withdraw yourself from participating.

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How can I participate in a current trial or register for a future trial that may be of interest to me?

The Clinical Research Center of Nevada works with numerous pharmaceutical companies and local physicians who are board certified in their specialties and registered wit the FDA. We can answer questions about current studies or put your name in a database for future studies that may be of interest. All you need to do is to fill out the form listed on this page or contact us directly at one of the following.

Phone - (702)893-8968
FAX - (702)893-2075
E-Mail - recruiting@crcnnv.com

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Who can participate?

Our center has studies available for infants, children, adults and seniors. Each of the studies are very closely monitored and have strict guidelines for volunteers and medical doctors to follow. People with documented medical problems may be eligible to participate. For example, you must have diabetes to participate in a trial for a new drug to treat diabetes. There are also some studies that require healthy population participation. These are often studies that prevent diseases, such as vaccines. Only the doctors who are working on the clinical research trial and are registered with the FDA can approve participants to participate. Volunteering for a trial does not necessarily mean you can participate. Ultimately the doctor makes the decision.

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Why Should I Participate in a Clinical Research trial?

Each participant may have different reasons for participating, ranging from helping to reduce medical costs, the opportunity to try a new medication to treat their specific medical problem, or because no other medication on the market is effective or affordable for them.

Humanitarian reasons are often stated by participants who have a hereditary disease like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, or cancer and want more effective treatment in the future for their children, grandchildren, and all other people suffering from their similar medical problem. There are no promises that can be made when you participate in a clinical trial, but the benefits and risks are started to the best available knowledge at that time along with a closely monitored process.

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