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Before new medical therapies
can help patients, they must first be tested with healthy volunteers in Phase
I clinical trials. A Phase I trial aims to find out any safety issues and
determine appropriate dosage levels. Researchers need to see how the body
tolerates the new substance and record any side effects that may occur as
dosage levels are increased.
Clinical study protocols, or research
plans, are designed to protect participants from undue risk. Protocols are
carefully reviewed by an independent ethics board to ensure that the drug is
safe and not likely to harm volunteers.
volunteering for paid clinical trials?
Healthy volunteers in a
Phase I trial are generally compensated for their time and contribution to
finding out more about promising new drugs. These trials are relatively short
- your time commitment may be just a few days. But your participation could
make the difference for someone in need of life-changing treatments.
reasons to volunteer for Phase 1 clinical trials