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Clinical Trials

An Important Note:
Clinical trials listed for ITP are a starting point for discussion with a healthcare professional. Be sure you understand all the implications of the proposed treatment by reading the informed consent very carefully and speaking with your doctor before enrolling in a clinical trial.


Doctor with patientWhat are Clinical Trials?

Clinical Trials are controlled patient studies that must be performed before a new drug or treatment is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States and similar organizations in other countries. Clinical trials are also completed after a drug or treatment is approved to document the effectiveness of the treatment, or to gain approval to use the drug or therapy for a different disease or age group.

There are three main phases to clinical trials, completed in sequence. A Phase I study tests the safety and side effects of the drug. A Phase II study is initiated to determine the efficacy of the drug, to see if it works as anticipated. And, a Phase III study tests the efficacy of drug or treatment and documents the side effects in a large population of volunteers.


Finding a Clinical Trial

The best way to find the latest information on clinical trials is by visiting ClinicalTrials.gov, a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world. Pharmaceutical companies and researchers update this site frequently to ensure it contains the most comprehensive and up-to-date clinical trial listings. The database features an easy-to-use search facility and detailed guidance for patients and industry.


List of Clinical Trials

Please contact PDSA if you find missing or incorrect information regarding any of the clinical trials listed.