There are several treatment options available to ease the symptoms of lupus, but there isn’t one treatment that can simply end and cure lupus. Fortunately, research is always evolving and that’s how we find clinical trials. But what do you know about these studies? To help you learn more about them, here are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) pertaining to clinical trials, and what the process entails:
Clinical trials are well-designed studies that collect information about new treatments for diseases and disorders. Most of the time, this means medications, but clinical trials can also test other things, such as stem cell therapies, surgical techniques, tests for diagnosis, medical devices, as well as others.
Clinical trials are needed for medical treatments to be approved by government organizations, such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Without clinical trials, doctors and other prescribing healthcare providers (such as nurse practitioners or physician’s assistants) cannot prescribe medications or recommend other medical treatments. These studies are needed to understand two important types of information 1) that the treatment is effective (also called efficacious), i.e., that it really works and 2) that the treatment is safe for human use.