Clinical trials are research studies that investigate whether a medication is safe and effective. 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.
You should speak to your doctor to learn about the risks and benefits of a clinical trial before making the decision to participate.
Every clinical trial has guidelines on who is eligible to participate, and a clear goal and structure. Investigational medications are often evaluated for safety and effectiveness against a placebo (a pill that has no medical effect) or a different medication. The length of a trial and the way testing is done is different for every trial.
Patients taking placebo
Patients taking study drug
A conversation with your doctor is a good start.
Visit the websites below for more information on clinical trials.
Use ClinTrialConnect to learn more about NASH and the REGENERATE study, communicate with study sites, and download and share resources with loved ones.