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Clinical Trials are assessment and
The center has shared a long and successful relationship with new scientific innovations in medications, medical devices, therapies and other treatment procedures emerging from pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic, not for profit and other research organisations.
processes to examine the application and potential uses of new medical developments. These advancements can only become available to the general public once they undergo three phases of clinical trials.
Generally, phase 1 trials confirm safety, phase 2 trials assess effectiveness and continue to monitor safety, and phase 3 trials confirm effectiveness in a larger group of people and further monitor safety.
Before trials are conducted on humans, new medications or treatments have usually undergone extensive examination in laboratories and are tried on cells and animals grown in labs. The ones with positive results and no significant side effects are then approved for testing in human trials.
The treatment then progresses through the three phases of clinical trials outlined above.
All clinical trials are conducted only after the approval of Ethics Committees and must follow the International Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice. Participation is always voluntary and a patient or volunteer must read and agree to the Informed Consent document, which outlines what will happen in the trial and all risks associated with participating. Participants can also ask questions to the medical staff, and of course can consult with their own Doctor.
Patients or volunteers also have the right to leave the clinical trial at any time.
Each clinical trial varies significantly, but there are some common elements. Most (but not all) trials involve taking a medication or undergoing some form of treatment.
The patient or volunteer will first undergo screening to determine that they fit the medical eligibility criteria for the particular trial, and then be given the study medication or treatment. The patient or volunteer typically returns to the research centre a number of times to measure their response.
Some trials require volunteers who are generally healthy, while other trials require patients with a particular medical condition. Healthy volunteer trials usually provide a reimbursement or compensation to the healthy volunteer for participating.
Many patient trials do not provide compensation, but often do provide reimbursement for travel expenses. Patients are often not compensated in patient trials as they receive the medication or treatment and medical care at no cost.
Gain access to new medications
Often with clinical trials, research organisations are trialling new therapies to provide improved care for sufferers of conditions and improve patient outcomes and quality of life. For information relating to a specific trial please ask the clinical staff conducting the study to provide more information.
Participants’ health is monitored by Doctors and nurses at no cost
Through the course of the clinical study, subjects are closely monitored and provided with professional care. This usually commences with your first visit to the trial site where an examination is performed and then is ongoing throughout the clinical trial. Please ask the clinical staff conducting the study to provide more information about patient care.
Medication is provided at no cost
Clinical trials are about providing novel/improved healthcare therapies and patients are closely monitored at all times to ensure that they receive appropriate medication.
Help advance medical research
The media and public are often misinformed when it comes to clinical trials. The fact is, if we do not have new research, we do not achieve improved and new therapies which can provide optimised medications and potential new cures. This is never an overnight result, it is a process that costs pharmaceutical companies millions of dollars and can take more than 10 years just to bring a new therapy to the pharmacy shelf. Before a therapy can be used in a clinical trial it must pass through many thorough preclinical processes to prove that it is safe in humans. Clinical trial ares highly regulated to a very high standard.
Travel expenses are often reimbursed
Most clinical trials will compensate patients for their costs to travel to and from the trial site to ensure that patients are not financially disadvantaged by their participation in the clinical trial.
Please ask the clinical staff conducting the study to provide more specific information.
Some clinical trials compensate for time and inconvenience to participate in the trial
Most trials involving healthy volunteers are financially compensated. It is also not uncommon for patients to be compensated for their time where a trial may require repeated visits or long periods of observation including overnight stays.
This is not always noted in the study information, as there are sometimes restrictions on publicising this information. Please ask the clinical staff conducting the study to provide more information
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