Clinical Trials 101

Get the Facts. Forget the Fiction.

Just what does a clinical trial entail? Let’s examine a few myths.

10 Myths About Clinical Trials

Myth 1: Being in a clinical trial only benefits the company doing the research and does nothing for me as a participant

Trials may give participants access to the investigational study medications and expert medical care. Some participants in clinical trials may have outcomes that may be as good, if not better, than participants not in clinical trials.

Myth 2: I don’t get to decide if I participate in clinical research

Your doctor can help you think about your options and give you information about your disease, and you can talk it through with friends and family. The final choice is up to you.

Myth 3: Researchers treat participants like guinea pigs

There are strict rules to ensure that the safety, well-being, legal rights, and ethical concerns of study volunteers are protected throughout the clinical trial. Study volunteers enrolled in clinical trials are active participants in medical research, and can play a key role in the development and potential approval of a new medication.

Myth 4: Clinical trials are unsafe

All clinical trials have benefits and risks. The risks depend on the treatment being studied and the health of the individual participating in the trial. Known risks will be explained by the researchers before the trial begins. Participants will also be informed by the researchers if new risk information becomes available during the trial. You should talk to your doctor if you think you have become ill or been injured while participating in a trial.

Myth 5: Participating in a clinical trial is expensive

In the Etro Studies, the study sponsor (company that is developing the investigational medicine) will pay for all study medications, study related medical procedures, and medical care related to the study for the time that a participant is enrolled in a study. Participants may also be reimbursed for reasonable expenses, such as travel and parking.

Myth 6: Clinical research studies are for people who have no other option

There are times when clinical trials are a last resort, but clinical trials can also work alongside a participant’s standard treatment plan.

Myth 7: You need to live near a major hospital to participate

Clinical trials can take place anywhere, with some having the option for carrying on the treatment in your home or at a facility in your community. To find a study location near you, please contact Genentech’s Trial Information Support Line.

Myth 8: Informed Consent is only for lawyers

Informed consent gives participants information about their rights. This process helps participants understand the requirements, and possible risks and benefits of participating in a clinical trial.

Myth 9: Once you sign the informed consent form, you’re legally bound to participate

Study volunteers have the right to decide to not participate or leave a study at any time. Study volunteers work with their doctors to determine the best treatment approach for their condition.

Myth 10: It’s hard to find information about clinical trials

Research staff are required to make sure study volunteers understand the risks and benefits of participating in a trial, and they are available to answer questions

Learn about the Etro Studies, a series of clinical trials testing an investigational treatment for Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, and find out if the Etro Studies could be right for you.


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