Clinical Trials at NIDDK
What is a clinical trial? A clinical trial is a test of a drug, vaccine or a medical device in human volunteers to see if it is safe and effective for people to use. Carefully conducted clinical trials are used to find new treatments for disease, or to improve existing treatments. Doctors and other health professionals conduct clinical trials according to strict rules that are set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These rules make sure that people who agree to be in clinical trials are treated safely.
Should I or my child take part in a clinical trial?
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Page last updated: November 14, 2008