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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Clinical Research Study?

A research study is a scientific evaluation conducted by researchers and physicians in human volunteers to answer important medical questions about how an investigational medication acts in the body, how it affects certain conditions and, equally important, its safety profile. Safety of the study participants is always the primary concern of everyone involved in a research study.

Before you decide to volunteer for a clinical research study, it is advisable to talk with your family and your physician.

What if I change my mind?

Even if you agree to be in the study, you may change your mind at any time during the study. You may leave the study at any time. You do not have to give a reason.

Is there any cost for participating?

All study-related office visits, medical examinations, and study medication will be provided to qualified study participants at no cost. Compensation for time and travel may be provided.

What Is “Informed Consent”?

If you decide that you want to participate in a clinical study, the study doctor or other study professional is required by law to review a very detailed document about the study with you. This is called an “Informed Consent”. The purpose of the Informed Consent is to make sure that:

  • You are informed of the study thoroughly, including all the study procedures and the potential side effects and other risks associated with the study or the study procedures
  • You are informed of your responsibilities as a study participant
  • All your questions about the study have been answered
  • You want to be in the study
  • You know that you can leave the study at any time, for any reason

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