What you should know about clinical research studies.
What is a clinical research study?
A clinical research study, also known as a clinical research trial, is a carefully designed study in which participants are asked to take an investigational medication under the supervision of a doctor and other research professionals.
Clinical research studies must be reviewed by an institutional review board (IRB) or ethics committee (EC). An IRB or EC is a group that is responsible for helping to protect the rights and welfare of study participants. In addition, every study participant is monitored with medical tests and study-related exams before, during and sometimes even after the study.
What is an investigational medication?
An investigational medication is a medicine that has not been approved by the regulatory authorities in your country.