Features October 2003 Issue

Are Clinical Trials For You?

When all else fails, an experimental treatment may be the answer. But know the risks before you play guinea pig.

Do news stories about research studies reporting great success with experimental drugs make you think: “I wish I’d been in on that”? Maybe you can be, next time—by volunteering for a clinical trial.

A clinical trial is a research study that investigates the safety and effectiveness of new drugs, medical devices, and procedures on human volunteers. Once treatments have been tested in the laboratory or on animals, they are moved into clinical trials to learn…

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