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Clinical Trials: Myths vs. Facts

There are few clinical trial myths out there & we would like to set the record straight. Check out our Myths vs Facts infographic below! Our studies impact the future of medicine and lead us closer to new discoveries. Are you interested in joining a study?

Myths vs. Facts infographic

Myth: Clinical trial volunteers are human guinea pigs.

Fact: Strict guidelines are in place to protect the safety of clinical trial volunteers.


Myth: If I join a clinical trial, I might get a “sugar pill” or placebo instead of the real medication.

Fact:The use of placebo in a clinical trial is based on the seriousness of the illness, whether an existing treatment is available, and other consideration that ensure high standard of ethics.


Myth: Once I decide to participate in a clinical trial, I will not be able to change my mind.

Fact: Clinical trials rely on voluntary participation. You are free to leave the clinical trial at any time, even after you have signed the informed consent and received the investigational medication or placebo.


Myth: Being in a clinical trial is expensive and isn’t covered by insurance.

Fact: Many clinical trial volunteers receive reimbursement and do not need health insurance. This varies for every study.


Myth: If there is a clinical trial that might help me, my doctor will tell me about it.

Fact: There are hundreds of clinical trials being conducted across the country and online, your physician may be unaware which studies are in your area.


Myth: I know someone who tried to participate in a clinical trial and was told by the research team they were not eligible to be in the trial. It seems unfair.

Fact: The protocol for a clinical trial includes eligibility criteria for who can and cannot participate in a trial. These guidelines are used to help ensure that researcher will be able to conduct a thorough investigation of the drug.


Sources: The Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation and the Alzheimer’s Association

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