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A clinical trial or research study is a supervised study in which a new or existing medication or device is studied by a team of experienced physicians and study staff to determine if it will be of benefit to public health.

Clinical trials are an essential part of making sure the drugs and medical treatments we all use are safe and effective, compared to a placebo or to existing therapies. We conduct trials to predict how well a medication or therapy will perform in the general population when used to treat a certain condition. Drugs and other therapeutic treatments cannot be released for public consumption without FDA approval. Clinical trials provide the evidence to demonstrate their safety and efficacy to the FDA.

There are many benefits. You’ll be taking a proactive role in your own health care. You’ll receive free medical screenings and medication. You’ll gain access to cutting-edge research treatments before they are available to the general public. On a broader level, your participation in a clinical trial helps others by contributing to the development of treatments that can alleviate suffering and even save lives.

Not everyone who wants to join a given research study will qualify. There are often extremely specific criteria for meeting the qualifications of a clinical trial. Our staff will ask a series of questions in a pre-screening interview. Sometimes, a second screening will take place to make sure you meet all of the qualifications for the trial. We encourage you to fill out our volunteer form to see if you are eligible for one of our studies.

The risks and benefits for the study you are participating in will be explained in the study specific consent.  If you have any questions or concerns about the study and/or study medication please discuss these with the doctor.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as an Independent Review Board (IRB) closely monitor all studies.  Safety in a clinical trial is ensured by strict adherence to the protocol as well as following research regulations such as the Code of Federal Regulations and Good Clinical Practice.  Safety is our number one priority at VAST Clinical Research. You will be under close supervision by medical professionals during the study.

As a research participant, you have the right to accurate and timely information about the study and the right to ask questions at any time and have them answered promptly. You also have the right to drop out of a study at any time.

You are able to withdraw your consent at any time.  Your participation is completely voluntary.  You may be asked to come back for follow-up visits to monitor your safety.

The study staff /doctor will discuss your non-eligibility with you and discuss the possibility of other potential studies.

Yes, should you make it into a study, you will be paid for your time and transportation.  You will be paid after each completed study visit. The amount paid varies from study to study.  Ask the study staff if you have any questions regarding your compensation.

No. These studies have nothing to do with insurance – either private or government-provided. You will receive study-related medical examinations and study-related medication at no cost. Eligible participants may receive compensation for their time and travel.

VAST Clinical Research will never share or sell your personally identifiable information with any company or organization. From the time of your entrance into a clinical trial, you will only be identified by initials and a unique number to parties outside of VAST Clinical Research that are participating in the conduct of the study.