You have probably heard of people who have taken part in clinical trials over the years, some may have found a successful treatment for their life threatening disease, others may not have been so lucky. This may leave you wondering why clinical trials are so important and how they can make a difference in the medical profession moving forward.
The first reason why clinical trials are so important is that they identify how new potential treatments work. They are distributed to particular people who have chosen to participate, these people are then monitored regularly to identify how the treatment is working, if it making a difference and how they react to the new medication.
Another reason why this testing phase is so imperative before any medication is released to the public is that the developers have to ensure that it is safe. This means the only way they can really identify how it is going to affect the human body is to give it to humans, those with and without serious illnesses, to ensure that it does as it is meant to and can make a positive difference in millions of people’s lives in the future.
During the clinical trial, some participants will be given one dose with others being given another. This is used to identify the best recommended dosage to provide with the medication once released. The aim is to ensure the dosage directions are safe and effective.
Further, you will find that clinical trials give researchers and developers the ability to identify the outcome of their medication or device. Clinical trials are used for medications, medical equipment and so much more and this is designed to help these medicinal companies get their product on the shelf and made available to the market.
It is important to note that clinical trials is only a very small part of the research process and only a handful of these products actually make it to the public, there are millions of projects which aren’t approved and therefore never make it to the hospital or pharmacy shelf.
The process for creating a new medication or product is a long and daunting one and takes many years. It starts with the idea of creation of the product, this is done in a laboratory setting. From here the medication or product is purified and tested in the laboratory. At this stage it is usually test tube testing, which can take anywhere up to six years to perfect. It is then usually tested on animal test subjects to ensure its safety before even making it to human trials.
Those medications that make it to human testing having the highest chance of success. The trial is not signed off unless all the research leading up to that point can identify that the safety factor isn’t compromised. Though it is important to note that clinical trials cannot guarantee your safety and all medications do come with a risk, it is up to you to weigh up the potential benefits and the risks to see if the benefits outweigh the risk and can make a positive difference to your life, before you consider taking part in any study of this nature.
It is important to note that even if you choose to take part in a clinical trial project, there is no guarantee that the product is going to make it to the public. Very few of these products actually get to the public and it’s not a cheap exercise either. It takes years of dedication and passion to get a new medication onto the shelf and made available to those who can benefit from it.