Before any new treatment or therapy is able to be used by the patient population, it must go through the process of a clinical trial — this is the case for any new prescription drug, but also true for over-the-counter medications, medical devices, and more.
The purpose of clinical trials is to make sure treatment is both safe and effective for the patients who will be using it, and as such, it is an in-depth process that lasts about 10 years on average. Throughout these 10 years, the research process is broken down into phases, each with a distinct purpose. Check out the infographic below for an overview of what this process entails.
What are the phases of clinical trials?
For medical research to take place, volunteers have to enroll in clinical trials — and through our innovative clinical trial search tool Antidote Match, we make it easy. Click the button below to see what trials are currently available in your area.