May 29, 2013

How Clinical Trials Help Millions

Medical research cannot advance without the help of clinical trials. If you think one person cannot make a significant impact on a cause, consider this: Volunteers for clinical trials help millions of people every day.

Early medical research can be conducted in a lab, and some testing is done on animals. For a new drug or treatment to become available to all patients, however, it must be tested and approved for use on human subjects. Without clinical trial volunteers, medical research would reach a standstill.

More than 60 million people in the the United States have severe, chronic and life-threatening illnesses, according to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Thousands of clinical trials across the country pave the way to improved treatments for those millions every day.

According to the National Institutes of Health, Americans are living nearly 30 years longer than they did in 1900, and they are enjoying a better quality of life. That improvement is due in large part to advancements in medical research through clinical trials.