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Being a volunteer

The health of millions of people has been improved because of advances in science and technology and the willingness of thousands of individuals like you to take part in clinical research.

All medications and medical devices available today for the treatment of disorders and disease were approved by a system of controlled clinical trials. After Phase 1 animal testing, Phases II and III clinical trials are conducted in partnership with human volunteers who make themselves available to test new treatments and therapies. The U.S.Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other governmental agencies regulate the conduct of clinical trials and monitor their execution and insure that subject's rights and safety are protected.

Since all clinical trials are designed to demonstrate whether a new drug or device is effective and safe, benefit is not guaranteed. Clinical trial participants are thus volunteers in the truest sense of the word. They consider that the benefit will accrue – not to themselves, but to others who follow.