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About Clinical Studies

Clinical research studies are typically done to test investigational drugs or therapies. Studies can provide valuable information in many areas, including safety of an investigational drug, how well it works against the disease or condition, and how the body processes the drug. Before any drug or therapy can be approved and made available to the general public, it has to go through several phases of clinical research.

People participate in clinical research studies for a variety of reasons. Some may participate in studies because they want to learn more about their disease or condition. Others may participate because they want to help doctors and researchers learn more.
Clinical research studies follow a specific set of standards and are closely regulated. Strict safety measures and requirements protect study patients, and studies must follow a written plan called a protocol. The protocol is designed to ensure that study procedures are conducted properly and in accordance with all standards and regulations. You should discuss the study with your physician to make sure that this study is a good option for you.
You can ask questions of the study team at any point before, during, and after the study. Before you agree to participate, please make sure you understand the responsibilities of participating in this study as explained by the study team and in the informed consent form. If you have any concerns about participating in the study, you should feel comfortable discussing them with a member of the study team at any time.
Taking part in this study is completely voluntary. You do not have to participate if you don't want to. You may also leave the study at any time. If you decide not to participate in this study or if you decide to leave the study before it is finished, there will be no penalty to you, and you will not lose any benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.
During the study, you should still see your regular doctors for health care needs not related to the study or participation in the study.

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