Old or young, we all have health concerns. At some point, you realize your body is not performing at its maximum capacity. You may start searching the internet with your symptoms or find yourself in an emergency room. Four of the more common resulting diagnoses recently are: clostridium difficile, meningitis, type 2 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Life is not over, though, and at 55 or 18, that is what we want to hear.

That’s where clinical trials come into the picture.

Fact 1: Clinical Trials Provide New Treatments

What we never want to hear is that there is no treatment or cure. These treatments, cures, and medicines come from somewhere. Clinical research and clinical trials. Your doctor offers vaccines and prescribes medicine from these trials. You may or may not be able to afford the treatment recommended by your doctor or what is currently available might be ineffective for you, so you are looking elsewhere.

Fact 2: Patients Don’t Pay for Clinical Trial Treatments

What you usually qualify for in a clinical trial is reimbursement, as well as hero status if the trial is successful. Reimbursement ranges from travel expenses to a small monetary sum, and the treatment itself is provided at no cost to you.

Fact 3: Clinical Trials Must Be Approved by the FDA

To clarify, each step of the process to get that “everyday medicine” or ibuprofen to me and you has occurred under the watchful eye of a clinical researcher following steps and procedures.The first step is to get the trial approved by the FDA. Trials determine how effective the medicine is for treating a particular ailment, as well as how safe. Even before the FDA, though,there is a researcher with friends or family needing a cure. What the FDA approves is something with enough evidence of the likelihood of this possibility. After the approval, participants are invited to join the trials, then the treatment or medicine finds its way to your doctor’s office, then your medicine cabinet.

Fact 4: Participants in Clinical Trials Must Meet Qualifications

All participants must be willing and meet certain qualifications. These regulations protect the participants. Ask your doctor if you qualify.

Fact 5: Clinical Trials Aren’t Just for Sleep Disorders

Although the most common clinical trials you hear about are for sleep disorders, clinical research is done on a range of diseases from rare cancers to chronic migraines.

Browse the DM Clinical Research website to learn more about clinical trials offered that you might qualify.