The clinical trial journey
1: Joining a clinical trial
To apply to participate in a clinical trial, you can either enter your information on the Meridian study finder page or call the phone number referenced on the study notice or advertisement. No matter how you contact Meridian, an enrollment specialist will be available to answer questions and find the most suitable study for you.
2: After you apply
An enrollment specialist from the Meridian contact center will call you and ask a few questions about you and your medical history. This phone screening will help determine if the study is right for you. Even if this study is not a fit for you, a Meridian enrollment specialist can help you find a more appropriate study. At this time, you’ll also be able to ask questions about the study process.
3: After you’re accepted
After a successful phone screening, you will visit a Meridian clinic for a physical screening. You will need to bring identification information to confirm your identity and medical history. This is required for every study, and is for your safety.
4: Informed consent
Each study is different. The informed consent process ensures you understand what will happen in the study. You’ll learn about the product being studied, your role in the trial, potential side effects, and the number of visits required. After you fully understand your role in the study, you may sign an informed consent form. You may withdraw your consent at any time.
5: Getting screened
You will receive a physical exam that will vary depending on the study. As an added benefit of participating, you may receive specific exams or tests — the results of which may be shared with you.
6: Medication administration
When you are given an investigational medication (or placebo), Meridian’s clinical staff will closely monitor your health. You may undergo additional tests to assess the medicine’s effect and/or to safeguard your health. Each Meridian clinic is staffed by healthcare professionals who make your safety a top priority.
8: Following up
Some studies require several visits to the clinic. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your time and travel for each visit. Any follow-up necessary for the study would be detailed in the informed consent process so you’re never surprised by what a study entails.
Clinical trials are conducted to allow safety and efficacy data to be collected for new drugs, medical devices, or treatment techniques. Depending on the type of product and the stage of its development, healthy volunteers and/or patients enroll into small pilot studies initially, followed by larger scale studies in patients that often compare the new product with the currently prescribed treatment.
As positive safety and efficacy data is gathered, more patients are typically involved. Clinical trials can vary in size from a single center in one country to multi-center mega-trials across several countries.