These trials evaluate new medicines, as well as medicines that have already been approved for adults, to determine if children will benefit from their use.
What are pediatric clinical studies?
Children are not little adults, so that means some diseases that occur in children won’t occur in adults, and some of the same diseases
What opportunities are available?
Your child’s doctor may suggest a pediatric study - but you may also look for opportunities on your own. Clinical trials can provide additional treatment options for children living with a chronic disease, such as diabetes, asthma, or cancer as well as acute diseases like pneumonia.
Some studies are only following children for documentation or observational purposes while others may involve taking medication and require some tests. Additionally, there may be studies meant for healthy children to assess vaccines for the prevention of diseases, such as influenza (flu) or hepatitis.
The safety of each child is monitored very closely throughout the duration of the study and your child’s well-being is always top priority.