Clinical trials are an important part of helping bring safe and effective medicines to patients. All drugs go through rigorous series of clinical trials, and regulatory agencies, including the US Food and Drug Administration and European Medicines Agency (EMEA), decide whether to approve medicines based on the results of those trials.

For patients who lack effective treatments, clinical trials are also an opportunity to be a part of testing a new drug. By taking part in clinical trials, patients can make an important contribution to ongoing research and better understanding of a disease.

Learn more about participating in clinical trials here:
http://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/index.htm

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