About Clinical Trials
Clinical research studies help to determine whether potential new medications (known as “investigational medications”) are safe and how well they work.
In a clinical research study, a group of people agree to take the investigational medication while being looked after by study doctors, nurses and other staff.
People choose to participate in a clinical trial for a variety of reasons:
Financial – Most trials or studies provide the visits and the medications at no cost to the patient. Often, competing and already FDA-approved treatments are quite expensive. Sometimes, a small amount of monetary compensation is given to the participant to offset their time and travel.
Lack of other options – Sometimes, currently available treatments have failed or have risks that are too great and non-FDA-approved treatments are the best or only option.
Access – Participants gain access to drugs or devices before they are available to the general public.
Altruism/Advancement of knowledge – Patients often participate in studies in order to help those that follow them, realizing that all knowledge is built on small, prior steps. They reason that a new drug may help them, but even if it does not, this is important knowledge so that attention may be directed elsewhere in the future.
Close monitoring – Patients in clinical studies generally receive more extensive testing and visits than general patients. They often find close relationships with members of the Research Team.
what They’re Saying
I’ve been doing studies with ACT for approximately 5 years. Every time I do a study I feel like I’m getting the best of care. The nurses are all very attentive, and the communication through out the study could not be better. I feel like I’m participating in developing a new treatment for patients in the future.
I have been a patient with Alabama Clinical Therapeutic for several studies over the years. This staff is great to work with from the top to bottom. They are professional, courteous, and punctual. I’ll continue to recommend them to friends for years to come.
I love the pediatric practice I use because they are so involved in research. My children have all participated in studies such as formula and vaccines. When my children are on a study, I feel like I’m receiving VIP treatment with scheduling visits and seeing the physician. The nurses call me to check on my child during the entire study. I highly recommend ACT research.