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Anyone who takes part in a clinical study is making a huge contribution to medical science. Every single volunteer is important. It takes a long time to develop and test new medications; without volunteers, it would take much longer. Although any study treatment you take may not be available in time for you to use, it can be reassuring to know you’ll be helping other people in the future.
|Can anyone take part?|
Often, we are looking for people with a specific illness to see whether the test medicine can help. Apart from your illness, you’ll typically need to be in good general health. Sometimes, very young or elderly people are unable to take part. It depends on what the doctors are trying to find out about the medication.
What if I'm healthy?
Our scientists also need healthy people to take part in other types of clinical studies. For example, they might look at how long a medication stays in someone’s body, or what happens when they take it at different times of day. We are always happy to hear from healthy people who would like to help with medical research.
What if I am already taking medication?
In most cases, you should continue to take your regular medications in addition to the study medication, but there are exceptions. It's important to discuss all medications you take, including herbal treatments, with the study doctors.
What would I have to do?
You’d need to take keep taking the study medication until you leave the study. The doctors will be able to tell you how often and for how long; it varies from study to study. It’s important not to miss any doses, as the medication may not work properly.
You’ll also need to come and visit the study team several times, so that they can keep a close check on your health.
If you're interested in taking part in one of our studies, read more here about volunteering at our Toronto facility.
The Morgantown facility of INC Research is closed.
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