Debunking Myths about Clinical Research
When it comes to great medical care, clinical research probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Clinical trials are commonly seen as a last resort when in reality they are very favorable treatment options for many people. There are a lot of myths surrounding participation in clinical trials, and trust us, we have heard them all. That’s why we are delving into the top 5 myths surrounding clinical research participation.
MYTH: Clinical trial volunteers are just “human guinea pigs”.
FACT: This is one of the largest hesitations we hear from patients. While medications being investigated in clinical trials have not been FDA approved yet, there are very strict procedures and protocols to make sure that participation is safe and ethical. This is a process that every medication on the market has been put through (even aspirin). That is why clinical research is so vital in finding innovative solutions to meet our healthcare needs. Taking this a step further, we focus on Phases 2-4 of the clinical research process, meaning the medications have already been deemed safe and are now working on efficacy. At DelRicht Research, each of our patients are given a full breakdown of the study before participating so they are fully aware of the medications intended use and outcomes.
MYTH: Clinical trials are dangerous.
FACT: Even before a treatment is considered for a clinical trial, scientists spend approximately 6 years developing and testing drugs to determine their safety and efficacy for humans. With any medication or new treatment, there is always a risk factor. Our first priority is patient safety, that is why there are various criteria for each of our studies to help mitigate any risks. In addition, all clinical trials are regulated by the FDA to assure safety standards across all programs.
MYTH: Informed consent papers are merely to protect the researchers.
FACT: Informed consent is so much more than just a contract. These papers are specifically designed to outline your rights as a volunteer in any given clinical trial. They detail the outcomes, compensation, side effects, and study schedule for each individual program. Each patient is given a detailed summary of the program with full transparency. Any questions are answered before they decide to participate. This way, each participant has a clear understanding of the goal of the study, its risk factors, and what is expected of them for the duration of the program.
MYTH: I was told I didn’t qualify for the study due to unrelated health factors. This is unfair.
FACT: While we would love to be able to help everyone in our community, safety is our number one priority. Therefore, certain health factors such as age, weight, history of cancer, and other conditions may exclude you from being selected to participate. Exclusionary criteria is predetermined for each phase of clinical trials. Each program is different, and we encourage you to find out more about your eligibility by signing up on our website.
MYTH: Clinical trials are expensive and I don’t have insurance.
FACT: For qualifying participants, all medication, doctors visits, and study related medical care will be provided free of charge for the entirety of the program. Since this is true for all programs through DelRicht Research, we do not require insurance nor will you ever need to pay anything. In fact, we pay you! Since many of our programs require multiple visits to our clinics, we will compensate you for your time with us! For locals, we can also assist in transportation if needed. Compensation varies per program but typically ranges from $50-$100 per visit.