Definition

“Modern medical advances have helped millions of people live longer, healthier lives. We owe these improvements to decades of investment in medical research.” ~Ike Skelton

Clinical research is the study of drugs and medicinal systems on humans, both patients and healthy volunteers. The purpose is to evaluate whether the medication is safe and effective when it is used for the disease under question. Clinical research determines the safety and efficacy of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens intended for human use. It includes testing from its inception in the lab to its introduction to the consumer market and beyond.