Scorpion Biologics services comprise a team of experts in cell biology, virology, analytics, and drug manufacturing. It is working to support a huge spectrum of drugs from clinical trials to commercial manufacturing. Clinical trials are an essential step in bringing a new drug to the market. For successful clinical trials, people need to work with pharmaceutical companies. Deciding whether to be a part of a clinical trial is a tricky situation be in. You must consider several pros and cons before you take a decision. Let’s dive right in!
Pros of Entering a Clinical Trial
Although each clinical trial; is different from the other and you should ask yourself all the right questions before signing up for one. But, all the clinical trials have some of the same benefits.
- You can help hundreds and thousands of other people suffering from a disease by helping science in finding answers.
- You get to try a treatment option that is not yet available in the market and it may make a difference for you.
- It broadens the available treatment spectrum for you.
- It gives you an opportunity to play a more active role in healthcare research.
- Your disease management and care team pay more attention to you for recording the effects of the treatment.
- Some study sponsors might pay your medical bills during the trial. (it is not applicable in all clinical trials)
Cons of Entering a Clinical Trial
There are some calculated risks that you will have to take if you decide to be a part of the clinical trials:
- The treatment might have some unknown and unwanted side effects.
- The side effects may be worse than the standard treatment you were getting before.
- There will be more doctor visits and testing which is time-consuming and tiring at times
- Insurance might not cover all the costs of clinical trials and it can get expensive. So before making a final decision, talk to the insurance company.
- If you are a part of a randomized trial, you will have no say in which treatment you are getting. If the study is blinded, your doctors will not know the specifics of which treatment you are getting, only the trial researchers will have this information.
Safety in Clinical Trials:
Before testing the treatment on human beings, thorough lab testing and investigations of drugs are done to make sure of their safety. Before larger trials of phase 3, a drug must pass through phases 1 and 2 which filter discrepancies, if any. There are several safeguards for the people taking part in a clinical trial. The research team must make sure that:
- The doctors have reviewed the trial plan.
- The trial plan has been approved by the ethical community.
- A data management community is arranged which can make necessary changes in the trial.
- The insurance is in place in case any compensation is needed during the trial.
- Protect the privacy of all subjects at all costs.
- The subjects are aware of all the risks and cons before they take a final decision about entering the trial.