What are the drawbacks of participating in a clinical trial?

Clinical trials may require an extra time commitment from you. You may have additional medical appointments and tests that are required for the study to monitor how you are responding to the treatment.

And some clinical trials are randomized. This means you may not receive the trial drug or treatment. In a randomized trial, participants are selected at random to receive the trial drug or treatment or a control treatment for comparison. The control could be a standard treatment practice, a placebo (“sugar pill”) or no intervention.

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