How to Participate in Clinical Drug Testing

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Clinical drug trials are controlled testing sessions for medicines that have made it through the previous testing phases required for bringing a new medicine to market. Pharmaceutical companies need to be able to test their new medicines on people that are experiencing the conditions the drug was designed to treat.

The following websites provide lists of current and upcoming new drug trials, criteria and contact information for those wanting to participate. If you are a health professional, these sites may also provide you with additional information. Some of them include information on drug interactions or discussions about bioethics and other topics.

Thomson CenterWatch

Thomson CenterWatch Clinical Trials Listing Service is an incredible resource for anything to do with new drug development. Users can subscribe to free email notification of new clinical trials.

The site contains news and information on clinical trial research, results, drug directories and a bookstore. Industry professionals can also find job postings in clinical research.

Biotrax Research

Biotrax Research Volunteer Support Group has sponsored GPGP.net, a free online directory service for study volunteers. This site has extensive listings for worldwide information.

Clinical Connection

Register for free with Clinical Connection and have clinical trial information sent to your email. Clinical investigators can use the service to recruit subjects who match study criteria. The site also sponsors a message board for members to share information on clinical trials or discuss other health topics.

ClinicalTrials.gov

ClinicalTrials.gov is a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) developed by the National Library of Medicine. Listings can be searched by condition, sponsor or status. Sponsors include American government organizations, international companies and institutes.

Medical News Today

Medical News Today provides a website with up-to-the-minute health news including a section devoted to clinical drug trials and a list of links to other clinical trial resources.

Drugs.com

For information on the application of new medicines and their progress through the FDA and approval pipeline, Drugs.com is a source of useful, reliable data. With free registration, you can access drug documentation, receive FDA drug alerts and build your own library of drug and interaction information. Though not a resource for upcoming clinical trials, the site contains news articles on currently released clinical trial results.

Wrap Up

Signing up for clinical trials is no joke. The drugs you take may or may not affect your body in an adverse manner, or in the manner you desire. Be sure to consult with your primary and specialty caregivers before considering clinical trial participation.

You should carefully consider the possible outcomes of trial medications, and the risks you are willing to take. The National Institutes of Health recommend taking stock of two possible outcomes of clinical trials before deciding, after consulting your doctors.

First, understand if there is a possibility of harm from participating in the study. Second, understand the degree of harm that can come from participation. If you want to participate because you have a medical condition, and trials are the only solution, you may not have an option. Knowing what may or may not happen, and how it might help others could be a contributing factor in your decision.