Ask a Doctor: Do all clinical trials test experimental medicine?

Ask a Doctor: Do all clinical trials test experimental medicine?

August 22nd, 2017 by Dr. Francis Char DeCroos in Life Entertainment

Dr. Francis Char DeCroos, Southeastern Retina Associates

Dr. Francis Char DeCroos, Southeastern Retina Associates

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Q: Do all clinical trials test experimental medicine?

A: All clinical trials are experimental, but not all test experimental therapies. For example, a clinical trial may test an existing, Food and Drug Administration-approved medication for a new disease. Or another clinical trial may test a new disease-monitoring technology or a new diagnostic test. Other clinical trials may test a different dose or different dosing schedule of an existing, FDA approved medicine looking for particular benefits.

Any person thinking about participating a clinical trial should receive detailed information about the risks, benefits and alternatives before deciding to participate.

— Dr. Francis Char DeCroos, Southeastern Retina Associates; member, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society