What You Should Know About Clinical Research Studies

What Is a Clinical Research Study?

Clinical research studies, also known as clinical trials, look at an investigational medicine or medical device to see if it is safe, how it works in the body and if it works to treat a specific disease. Clinical research studies are conducted by doctors who are responsible for the study participants’ study-related care.

In most countries, the regulatory health authority, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), requires that several phases of clinical research be performed to better understand the safety and effectiveness of potential new investigational medicines and certain medical devices.

Clinical research studies must be approved by an institutional review board (IRB) or ethics committee (EC). An IRB/EC is a group that is responsible for helping to protect the rights and well-being of study participants. In addition, every study participant is monitored with study-related medical tests and exams before, during and sometimes even after the study.

Can I Leave the Study If I Change My Mind?

Participation in any clinical research study is completely voluntary, and participants may choose to leave the study at any time for any reason. If you would like to leave the study, you should discuss this with your study doctor, who will give you information about how to do this safely.

What Should I Expect?

Before you can take part in the BEACON Study, you will first need to attend the screening visit(s) for initial tests and assessments to see if you are eligible to participate. After all necessary tests and assessments have been completed, and if you are eligible to participate, you may enter the study and receive the investigational medicine.

How Long Will Study Participation Last?

Participation in the BEACON Study lasts approximately 62 weeks.

Learn more about the BEACON Study.