Clinical trials are conducted in phases. The trials at each phase have a different purpose and help scientists answer different questions:
-In Phase I trials, researchers test a new drug or treatment in a small group of people (20-80) for the first time to evaluate its safety, determine a safe dosage range, and identify side effects.
-In Phase II trials, the study drug or treatment is given to a larger group of people (100-300) to see if it is effective and to further evaluate its safety.
-In Phase III trials, the study drug or treatment is given to large groups of people (1,000-3,000) to confirm its effectiveness, monitor side effects, compare it to commonly used treatments, and collect information that will allow the drug or treatment to be used safely.
-In Phase IV trials, post marketing studies delineate additional information including the drug's risks, benefits, and optimal use.
If you have participated in a clinical trial, what kind was it? What were the pros and cons of this type of trial?