We are trained to do what we do, but it’s not all ice cream and sprinkles every time. Clinical trials do come with some risk, and we want to make sure you are fully educated before getting started with clinical research of any kind.
To get this part out of the way, there are no guarantees… this is a trial after all. The potential side effects of any given trial will be communicated to you at the beginning of your enrollment. At Coastal Metabolic Research Center (CMRC), we are working with trials that are typically in phase IV, so the major risks are understood by this time.
There is also the chance that you are given the placebo. This DOES NOT mean you will go without critical medicines or treatments, should you need them. Your disease state can be managed with other medications to make sure that is controlled. But it does mean you may follow your current treatment plan while others receive the trial product. This is necessary to create a control group so that the effects of the drug are clarified.
With risk, comes failure. And with failure, comes disappointment. Discovering that the trial did not work for you may be somewhat disappointing. It is possible that your new treatment was not successful at treating your specific circumstances with the given disease. Or possibly you received the placebo so saw no change at all. Clinical research helps medical professionals determine if the new drug is better than what is currently on the market, and if there are any serious side effects, to see who it serves best. Safety is our primary focus.
While you may find that the trial product didn’t work for you, the results will be helping someone else. We truly hope the potential benefits that our clinical research has to offer will encourage you to join us in this endeavor. If you are ready to take part in one of our studies, we encourage you to reach out with your questions and concerns.