In today’s post, Dan goes through each of the 4 phases of a clinical trial and explains exactly what each phase consists of, how they are different from the other phases, and finally, who may benefit the most from each phase depending on what the study participant is looking for. We hope this helps!
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There are 4 Phases of clinical trials. Phase 1 studies seek healthy volunteers. These studies generally pay the participant the most money. phase 2 and 3 clinical trials seek to enroll study participants who are diagnosed with the medical condition that the study drug intends to treat. In this video I focus on these two phases. Phase 4 clinical trials are post-marketing studies where the drug has been approved by the FDA, but additional data is being collected.
Today we had the honor of interviewing the real guru, study participant Craig Klein. Craig has participated in dozens of clinical trials for healthy volunteers. These are also known as Phase 1 studies and the individuals who participate in these types of clinical trials end up getting thousands of dollars in compensation for their time while in the studies. Craig provides excellent insight into the world of Phase 1 clinical trials.
In this video, Don gives a clinical trials overview and presentation to an individual who has expressed interest in participating in a clinical trial. Don goes through why clinical trials are important, how drugs are developed, and how someone may or may not benefit from participating in a clinical trial. This is an excellent 6 minute video on understanding what clinical trials are in plain language.
It seems like the majority of the negative news I have been hearing lately as far as clinical trials are concerned, have been about Phase 1, healthy volunteer clinical trials. In this video, I talk about the fact that of the 20 Million Americans currently in a clinical trial right now, over 95% of them are NOT in a Phase 1 trial. Therefore, it is unfair to think of clinical trials as just Phase 1 studies. Most people involved in Phase 2-4 studies do not consider themselves to be “guinea pigs”, nor do they necessarily participate in clinical trials solely for the compensation. I have nothing against Phase 1 trials, or the people who participate in them. As I’ve said before, these people play an integral role in the entire clinical trials process. I just believe that more needs to be said about clinical trials without always talking about Phase 1 trials, as has become popular in the media as of late.
Here you can find the clip for the Time Magazine piece on Phase 1, healthy volunteer, clinical trials. While the video attempts to be objective, ultimately the viewer is left with clinical trials being a sort of mysterious and extreme part of medicine. What most people don’t realize is that without these Phase 1 healthy volunteers, Phase 2-4 clinical trials would be impossible to undergo. We do thank Time for the shoutout at the 2:56 mark. Don’t sneeze or you might miss us!