What is a clinical trial, and what are you testing?

A clinical trial is a way of testing a new medication or treatment. These trials are conducted to determine the safety and efficacy of the treatment before it can be released to the public. It is important that we understand how the human body responds to the treatment.

Clinical trials can be “early phase” studies where a treatment is tested to assess its general safety, and if there are any side effects. In this stage of testing, we also look at how the treatment is taken into the bloodstream, or broken down by the body. This is an important stage of the process, and every medication available to us today has been through this procedure. “Late phase” studies occur when early phase studies have been completed, and focus primarily on whether the new treatment is effective at combating the disease or condition it is intended to treat.

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