Why Participate in a Clinical Trial?
Voluntary participation in a clinical trial is important in the process of determining whether a medication or medical device not yet on the market is safe and effective. For patients suffering from a condition that is currently untreatable, participation in a clinical trial may provide access to potential new therapies that are not otherwise accessible. An additional benefit is the ability to help others by contributing to medical research.
While participating in a clinical trial, volunteers receive closely controlled care in a medical research facility and are provided with frequent health check-ups. Additional information about patient support groups or other treatment options for the particular medical condition being studied are often offered.
What Can Clinical Trial Participants Expect?
Before a participant is asked to decide whether to participate in a clinical trial, the clinical trial investigator will explain the trial’s purpose, potential benefits and risks of the experimental therapy, and alternative treatment options. If the decision is made to enroll in the clinical trial, the participant will receive a schedule of visits and a description of procedures, along with instructions related to the trial therapy or medical device. The participant will be monitored for safety and to assess health changes throughout the clinical trial. Contact information will be provided in case of questions during the trial.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find Teva clinical trials that are accepting new participants?
You may search for Teva-sponsored clinical trials by geographic location at ClinicalTrials.gov, ClinicalTrialsRegister.EU, or on our Find a Trial page.
How do I know if I qualify to participate?
There are specific requirements for participation in a clinical trial, and only the study investigator can determine whether all requirements are met. If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, please search for a study and contact the research center to schedule an appointment. You can request contact information for a particular study site near you using the email address or phone number provided.
Is there a cost to participate?
No, clinical trial participants are not charged for any clinical trial medication, related doctor visits or procedures.
Will I be compensated?
You may be compensated. Please ask your clinical trial investigator for additional details.
Can I change my mind and drop out at any time?
Yes, you may drop out of a clinical trial at any time by informing your investigator. You may be asked to complete follow-up visits to collect safety information.
How is the safety of trial participants protected?
All clinical trials conducted in human participants require the informed consent process to ensure participants understand the trial’s purpose, potential benefits and risks and alternative treatment options. Information provided during the informed consent process is intended to help individuals decide whether to participate in the trial. Potential participants have an opportunity to ask questions about the trial before deciding whether to enroll. In addition, all participants are monitored by the investigator for safety information and health changes. An ethics committee (EC) or Institutional Review Board (IRB) monitors the conduct of the clinical trial and reviews any important information to ensure appropriate procedures are followed.
Can I still see my primary care doctor?
Yes, you can continue to see your primary care doctor for regular visits. You should always inform your doctor of your participation in a clinical trial.
Will study results be made available?
For most clinical trials in adults, results are available on ClinicalTrials.gov and ClinicalTrialsRegister.EU approximately one year after the trial is completed, according to regulatory requirements. Sharing of results may be postponed for some trials due to product development timelines or pending medication approvals.
For most clinical trials in pediatric participants, results are available on ClinicalTrials.gov approximately one year after the trial is completed and on ClinicalTrialsRegister.EU approximately six months after the trial is completed, according to regulatory requirements.
To learn more about clinical studies, visit the ClinicalTrials.gov About Studies website.
To learn more about the benefits, risks, and safety of clinical trials, visit the NIH Clinical Trials website.