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Clinical Trials

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a study carried out in human volunteers to help doctors learn more about the human body and the many diseases that attack it. It may also be used to answer health questions about new medicines and treatments. The information gained from a clinical study is added to the results from lab and animal testing. This helps researchers find out if these products are safe for humans to use and if they work the way they are supposed to work.

What can I gain from joining a clinical trial?

You will:

What are some risks of being in a clinical trial?

What about my health insurance?

What is informed consent?

Informed consent is the process of learning key facts about a clinical trial before deciding to take part. Before joining, you must be told certain things:

To learn more:

FDA Office of Special Health Issues
Phone: 1-301-827-4460

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

June 2008