Clinical trials 101.
Let’s break down what clinical trials are.
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Clinical trials are research studies that involve people. These trials are used by researchers and medical professionals to evaluate the results of introducing participants to a certain medical, behavioral, or surgical intervention.
Clinical trials are how researchers test the safety and efficacy of new treatments before they go to market. Researchers spend years working with different groups of people and the treatment making sure that no stone is left unturned. An administration that handles approval of medications and therapies is operating alongside the trial through the entire process.
Before a governing board (such as the FDA in the US) can approve a trial to start, many lab tests and studies are done to test the safety and effectiveness of the trial. That is when the 4 stages of trials can start.
The first phase after the approval for trials focuses mainly on safety. Researchers use new treatment on small group of healthy adults to look for any possible side effects.
Focus on safety
The second phase has a larger number of participants and focuses on the effectiveness of the medication, device, or behavioral intervention for the population it was designed for.
The largest and most diverse group of volunteers participate in this phase to check the treatment in different populations of people and, if needed, possible dosage before government board approval.
Effectiveness across populations
This is the stage of trials that occurs after the government board approval, where the efficacy and safety are continuously monitored in diverse and large populations of people in the market over a longer period of time.
Long-term efficacy & safety