Features June 2007 Issue

Clinical Trials: Are They For You?

Participation in medical research can be rewarding. Just be sure to ask the right questions before you leap.

You’ve read the news stories about medical studies that have unveiled a promising new arthritis drug or breakthrough procedure. And you may have asked yourself, "How can I get in on that?" Perhaps next time you can, 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. A clinical trial may be sponsored by a government agency, a drug company, a foundation, or a medical institution.

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