When we think of clinical trials, the image of pharma-sponsored drug trials immediately come to mind. Perhaps this is because we hear most about drugs in trials, drugs which have been tested for use in MS, and drugs which receive that important FDA approval before hitting the market. But drug trials are not the only types of clinical trials.
Clinical trials fall into several categories, including:
Treatment trials: These studies test new treatments for diseases or conditions. These treatments can include experimental treatments, new drugs, new combinations of drugs, or new approaches to surgery or radiation therapy.
A treatment trial may also study "off-label" uses for an existing FDA-approved treatment. Off-label means the drug is being tested as a treatment for a different condition (or indication) than the drug was originally designed and approved to treat.
Screening trials: These studies test for the best ways to detect diseases and conditions. These trials involve participants who have no symptoms of the condition and can be done on the general population. Or they can be done on a group of people who have a higher than normal risk of developing a disease.And more.....
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Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know, Part One