About Clinical Research Studies
Research studies are designed to answer questions about the safety of potential new drugs and to find out how well they work. These studies must be performed before a potential new medication or treatment can be approved for use in patients.
It is important to test drugs and medical products in the types of people they are meant to help. It is also important to conduct research in a variety of people because different people may respond differently to a specific treatment.
For each research study, researchers develop eligibility criteria, such as age, gender, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions.
Not everyone who applies for a research study will be accepted. Participants will be selected based on the eligibility criteria.