Clinical Studies

What Are Clinical Studies?
  • Test to see if investigational drugs are safe and if they work
  • Involve collecting information from study tests and procedures to answer certain questions
  • May or may not directly benefit the participant, but the answers may help patients in the future
  • Are voluntary, so it is up to the participant to decide if he or she wants to be in a clinical study
  • Have to be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board
What Is an Investigational Drug?
  • A substance that is tested in clinical studies to see if it works and is safe before it can be approved by the US FDA to be prescribed by a doctor
What Is an Institutional Review Board (IRB)?
  • A group of people that reviews and monitors the clinical study to protect the rights and welfare of the study participants