Clinical trials: should you volunteer?
A clinical trial is a research study in which volunteers receive investigational treatments under the supervision of a physician and trained research professionals. These treatments are developed by pharmaceutical companies who select qualified physicians to be their Investigators.
The Investigators conduct clinical trials to determine the benefits of investigational drugs or further information for drugs that are already on the market. All Investigators must abide by rigid FDA guidelines.
All clinical trials have rigid guidelines about who can participate. A volunteer must qualify for a study by answering screening questions. The factors that allow volunteers to participate in a clinical trial can include age, gender, medical history, and other medical conditions. A medical records release may be required to obtain an accurate medical history.
Volunteers are encouraged to obtain an Informed Consent Form and review it with their doctor and family before signing. It contains all the pertinent information relating to the Clinical Trial, including number, length, and frequency of visits, and reimbursement details for your time and travel.
There are both risks and benefits associated with participation in a Clinical Trial. Possible benefits for volunteers are: having access to research treatments before they are widely available, obtaining no-cost medical care during the trial, and helping others by contributing to medical research.
Possible risks include: unpleasant, serious, or even life-threatening side effects to experimental treatment, the treatment under study may not be effective, the protocol may require more time and attention than a non-protocol treatment, including trips to the study site, and keeping a treatment log.
Important: By law, volunteers may withdraw from a study at any time for any reason.
Your personal information is available to the investigator and research team. Any other access is described specifically in the consent form that you will be asked to sign. When reports are made to the sponsoring pharmaceutical company, your information is coded by number and initials so that your information is protected.
Watch for Clinical Trial recruiting advertisements right here in The Gwinnett Citizen.
Dr. Abraham and Dr. Barrington are currently screening for a COPD trial and the FAVOR Flu study.
Contact: Lisa Gordon,
Dr. B. Abraham, P.C.