Clinical trials are an essential part of how drugs are developed and evaluated for human use. Participation may be an option to consider when no treatment
Clinical trials are research studies that investigate how safe and efficacious a medication is to prevent, treat, or cure a particular disease or condition. They are essential research tools for advancing medical knowledge and patient care.
Participating in a clinical trial can have benefits. You may receive a medical treatment that is not available elsewhere. You could advance understanding of a disease and better the lives of others like you. Study-related medication and care is administered free of charge.
Clinical trials can also have risks. The investigational medication may not help you or it could have side effects. It’s possible you may receive a placebo instead of the study medication. A placebo is a pill or substance with no active ingredients and is not expected to have any real medical effect. Being assigned to the placebo group may still produce benefit due to the overall care received while you are in the trial.
You should speak to your doctor to learn about the risks and benefits of any clinical trial before making the decision to participate in one.
Every clinical trial has guidelines on who is eligible to participate. Study sponsor must provide a clear goal and structure of the trial. Investigational medications are often evaluated for safety and efficacy against a placebo (a pill that has no medical effect) or a different medication. Being assigned to the placebo group may still produce benefit due to the overall care received while you are in the trial. The length of a trial and the way testing is done is different for every trial.
Patients taking placebo
Patients taking study drug
Use ClinTrialConnect to learn more about NASH and the REGENERATE study, communicate with study sites, and download and share resources with loved ones.