Gummies & Clinical Trials
Updated: Aug 26, 2020
May 20 is Clinical Trials Day! I made some Gummie Pieces. More on Clinical Trials Day and what Clinical Trials are below. You can check out clinicaltrials.gov to learn more too! Give it a try! We are good at this!
What is Clinical Trials Day?
"International Clinical Trials Day is held on 20 May each year since 2005 to commemorate the day that James Lind began his famous trial [on scurvy / Vitamin C deficiency in 1747] (link). The objective is to make this moment a focal point for international communication events, meetings, debates, and celebrations of clinical research."
10+ or 15+years of research & work on a clinical trial (by hundreds or thousands of people) may be summarized in 1 or 2 sentences in a news blast, but there’s so much more to them!
For example, even making sure that samples are prepared & shipped properly is a crucial step or else there is missing data.
They are near & dear to my️ heart as I’ve worked on every step from writing them — to seeing clinical trial patients — yes, shipping samples — to publishing them.
Clinical trials can seem scary, but please consider one for yourself or your family member if you are eligible.
They are crucial to advancing medical research and finding new treatments & improving patient care for everybody.
More on what a Clinical Trial is below the photos:
What is a Clinical Study?
A clinical study involves research using human volunteers (also called participants) that is intended to add to medical knowledge. There are two main types of clinical studies: clinical trials (also called interventional studies) and observational studies. ClinicalTrials.gov includes both interventional and observational studies.
In a clinical trial, participants receive specific interventions according to the research plan or protocol created by the investigators. These interventions may be medical products, such as drugs or devices; procedures; or changes to participants' behavior, such as diet. Clinical trials may compare a new medical approach to a standard one that is already available, to a placebo that contains no active ingredients, or to no intervention. Some clinical trials compare interventions that are already available to each other. When a new product or approach is being studied, it is not usually known whether it will be helpful, harmful, or no different than available alternatives (including no intervention). The investigators try to determine the safety and efficacy of the intervention by measuring certain outcomes in the participants. For example, investigators may give a drug or treatment to participants who have high blood pressure to see whether their blood pressure decreases.
Clinical trials used in drug development are sometimes described by phase. These phases are defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Some people who are not eligible to participate in a clinical trial may be able to get experimental drugs or devices outside of a clinical trial through expanded access. See more information on expanded access from the FDA.
In an observational study, investigators assess health outcomes in groups of participants according to a research plan or protocol. Participants may receive interventions (which can include medical products such as drugs or devices) or procedures as part of their routine medical care, but participants are not assigned to specific interventions by the investigator (as in a clinical trial). For example, investigators may observe a group of older adults to learn more about the effects of different lifestyles on cardiac health.