Clinical trials are only a small part of the research that goes into developing a new treatment. Drugs of the future, for example, first have to be discovered or created, purified, described, and tested in laboratories before ever reaching humans. Of all the substances that are tested in these early stages, only about 1 in 1,000 is promising enough to be tested in humans.
What are Phase 1 Clinical Trials?
Phase 1 clinical trials are conducted to test the safety of a new drug. The drug will be given to a small number of people, who may be healthy volunteers, testing for side effects and calculating the correct dose might be to use in treatment.
What are the risks and benefits of joining a Phase 1 clinical trial?
This is usually the first time that the drug has been treated with human begins, so There is an unavoidable element of risk. To minimise the risk, researchers start with small doses and only increase the dose if the volunteers do not experience any side effects, or if they only experience minor side effects.
Taking part in a clinical trial can have many benefits. For example, you may gain access to new treatments before they are widely available. If a new treatment is proven to work and you are in the group getting it, you might be among the first to benefit. Even if you do not directly benefit from the results of the clinical trial you take part in, the information gathered can help others and add to scientific knowledge. People taking part in clinical trials are vital to the process of improving medical care. Many people volunteer because they want to help others.
How long does it take to enroll in a phase 1 clinical trial?
Generally, it takes approximately x – x months to begin participation in a phase 1 clinical trial. There may be required wait times between prior treatment and clinical trial-related treatment as defined by the study. There also may be delays because of the limited number of slots available in many clinical trials.
What if I don't qualify for a trial?
Because of the critical nature of early-phase clinical trials, each study has a specific and strict set of eligibility criteria, and many people may not fit within those criteria. People who do not qualify for available phase 1 clinical trials at a particular time may be reevaluated again when new trials are opened.
How can I enroll in a phase 1 clinical trial?