Ever wondered how so many new medications, therapies, and devices get approved to the market? The answer lies in clinical trials. Before each of those products found themselves in the hands of the general public, they were first tested in clinical trials to determine whether they were safe and effective to use. Based on those findings, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would then approve them for general use.
For such medications and devices to become widely available, it’s important that researchers first find patients that are willing to volunteer in their clinical trials. That’s where you can come in as a patient volunteer. So how exactly can participating benefit you? Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits: