Medicines or medical devices must go through a complete investigation and many different phases of testing (clinical trials) to prove that they are safe and effective. Get more information on what they are, if you can participate, the research behind them, and how to enroll in stroke clinical trials.
A drug must go through many different phases of testing to prove it is safe and effective. This process is guided by regulations set forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All clinical trials are based on a set of rules called a protocol, which describes what types of people may participate in the trial, the schedule of tests, procedures and medications that are going to be used and the length of the study. Additionally, participants may decline to be a part of the trial or withdraw from the trial at any time. While in a clinical trial, participants are seen regularly by the research staff to monitor their health and to determine the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.
Why Should I Participate in a Clinical Trial?
- Gain access to new treatments that are not available to the public
- Obtain expert medical care at leading health care facilities during the trial
- Receive all medical visits related to the study free of charge. This includes physical examinations, doctor visits, study medications and laboratory tests.
- Take an active role in your own health care
- Help others by contributing to medical research
The content of this webpage does not imply National Stroke Association’s endorsement of any product, treatment, service or entity. National Stroke Association strongly recommends that you consult with a healthcare professional about diagnosis and treatment before participating in a clinical trial. National Stroke Association has no affiliation with any specific clinical trials.