When you hear about someone you know participating in a clinical study, it often is because the person is sick and is trying an experimental medicine or treatment because more conventional methods haven’t worked. However, there are thousands of clinical trials going on around the world every day, testing everything from skin creams to live-drugs to artificial parts. Clinical trials are an important part of drug development as well as other treatments.
Clinical drug development is a long process. It can take many years to get a drug from concept to approved treatment, and the clinical trial process is a big part of that process. Before a drug or any other medical treatment can get approval by the Food and Drug Administrati