What is a Clinical Trial?
A clinical trial is a research study in which volunteers receive investigational medications or placebo under the supervision of a physician and other research professionals. These medications are developed by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies who select qualified physicians, also known as investigators, to conduct clinical trials to determine the potential benefits of these investigational medications.
Every year, thousands of people around the world take part in such studies. Independent institutional review boards and ethics committees look after patients’ best interests by protecting their rights and ensuring they aren’t exposed to unnecessary risks.