Reasons for Conducting Clinical Studies

clinicaltrials8Imagine a scenario where 5 months ago you were diagnosed with a condition that left you in pain on a daily basis. You were given a battery of drugs and pain relievers, but nothing ever dulls the pain. You can’t even enjoy normal life without a constant reminder in the form of physical pain. Then one day at a doctor’s appointment you are told there is a new pill on the market (we’ll call it “healitol” for our story’s purposes) and that by taking one pill a day, you will be completely pain free for 24 hours. Now, your life will be unimpeded, unhindered, and free of the haunting physical pain.

You take the pill right? Now imagine this wonder drug made the pain increasingly worse. You begin to question why the pill would be put on the market. For this scenario a label was put on a drug, someone claimed what it would do, and they started selling it to clinics with empty promises. “Snake-Oil Salesmen” used to operate like the above scenario on a daily basis, making false promises to those who really need help.

Desperation can cause people to try virtually anything they’re told will work, and that’s why our aforementioned “salesmen” could take advantage of that need. Thankfully, today’s medical scene is quite different. Health related products are some of the most highly tested and regimented products on the market today. The extensive research is not only to ensure new treatments are effective but also safe.

Much as the adage “tried and true” applies to many things we consider to be of value, the same and more applies to products within the medical field. New drugs on the market need to have a proven track record, and all side-effects need to be known to the general public before they are put into their bodies. Institutes such as the FDA lay strict guidelines on what is and isn’t safe both for consumption and for medical aid.

Clinical studies done over a period of time establish a whole understanding of the product, both in positive and negative effects, in order to make an informed presentation to the general public. In some cases, drugs need to be given to those who cannot properly communicate the effects, side-effects, or efficacy of the product they are given. Those administering need to be fully aware of the implications in administering that product.

As well, a product may run through it’s study only to be cut short if the effect is too similar but not superior to another, readily available item in order to prevent oversaturation of the market in that particular field. The need to run clinical studies is varied and encapsulates many different reasons, but above all, it is to ensure that we are aware, that we are informed. And that the product introduced to the market is one that is fully researched, tested, and found effective.

Each research group is hoping for their product to be effective and to deliver the expected results when made open to the market. Therefore each precaution is given in order to maximize a positive outcome. From the starting research phases, to the study period and beyond, every step is carefully monitored and crafted in a way that will deliver success. It is important to remember that the products being studied are those which hope to progress not only our well-being but our very lives, and so therefore of great benefit to us all.