About clinical trials

I learned a bit more about clinical trials this week: Until now, I thought that in clinical trials, some patients were offered an experimental med that could help them while other  patients got a placebo, or ‘sugar pill.’ That’s it, the old either/OR! Some patients get the study drug that has the potential to save them, other’s don’t. That is it, end of story:

NOT. This week, I found out that in most studies, you still get the treatment you’ve been getting all along. But, in clinical trials some patients are given the trial med IN ADDITION to their regular med/s. Others receive a placebo IN ADDITION to their regular med/s. Now, when I enter a clinical trial if I’m accepted, I sure as heck hope I am given the ‘real deal’ but if not, there are other reasons!

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