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Clinical trial is the scientific term for a test or study of a drug or medical device in people. These tests are done to see if the product is safe and effective for people to use. Doctors and other health professionals run the tests according to strict rules set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA sets the rules to make sure that people who agree to be in the studies are treated as safely as possible.
Clinical trials generate new knowledge about a potential medicine so that regulatory authorities can determine whether the medicine is safe and effective. Although this is our primary purpose, participants themselves often benefit from the medicine being tested and/or the care received.