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What are Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria in Clinical Trials?

Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria in Clinical Trials

Without clinical trials, it would be impossible to develop new medicines, cures, vaccines, and other medical products. These research studies test investigational products with human participants to ensure products are adequately safe and effective before they can be offered to the general public. Medical products with broad use, like over-the-counter medicines or vaccines, tend to be tested in a wide range of people with few restrictions as to who can participate in later phases of clinical trials, while medications or devices designed to help people with specific illnesses … Read more

What is Informed Consent?

Joining a clinical trial is an important decision. Most participants come to the clinic with questions about clinical trials and what joining one could mean. This is why every study involves an informed consent process. Informed consent is the process of ensuring a potential participant fully understands the details of a clinical trial — and their role in a study — before they join. Throughout a study, participants will also be notified of any changes to the study that may affect them. To help someone decide whether or … Read more

Understanding Placebos in Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are intended to test the safety and effectiveness on investigational therapies. So why are placebos used, particularly in vaccine trials? Placebos are particularly useful for helping researchers assess safety, efficacy, and actual side effects among control and treatment groups. What is a placebo though? Placeboes are inactive pills, injections, or procedures that have no effect on humans. Placebos are commonly called ‘sugar pills’ or ‘saline shots’. Placebos are used in some clinical trials to help researchers determine if an investigational therapy is effective. In a placebo-controlled … Read more

Can I Get Paid for Participating in a Clinical Trial?

“Can I get paid for participating in a research study?” This is the most common question people ask Meridian online when considering signing up for a clinical trial. The answer is yes, you can get paid for study-related time and travel for participating in most clinical trials. While not all research studies pay participants, most clinical trials at Meridian pay from $75 to $4,500. To get a better idea of what a specific trial might pay, keep reading. How Pay is Determined in Clinical Research Trials Almost every study offers … Read more

Checklist: Questions to Ask Before Joining a Clinical Trial

Participating in a study is an important decision, and you should be comfortable with your decision. Each study is different, but the informed consent process ensures you understand what will happen. You’ll learn about the product being studied, your role in the trial, potential side effects, and the visits required. You can ask the following questions to make a more informed decision about joining. What is the goal of this study? How will the medicine, medical device, or test be given to me? How many times will I … Read more

What is a Clinical Trial?

Clinical trials are research studies of medications, vaccines, medical devices, procedures, and diagnostics (tests). These studies involve people (a.k.a., participants), and are meant to determine whether certain experimental products are safer and/or more effective than currently approved products.  Without clinical trials, it would be impossible to develop new medicines, cures, vaccines, and other medical products.  Examples of products for which clinical trials are conducted include:  Vaccines: Influenza, Ebola, SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Medications: Topical creams for eczema, oral tablets or injections for multiple sclerosis, liquid cough/cold medications for children  Medical … Read more