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20 February 2006

Responsibilities of participating patients

Patients who participate in clinical trials, have certain responsibilities.

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Patients who participate in clinical trials, have the following responsibilities:
  • To follow instructions regarding medication and not to share it with anybody
  • To bring back all unused medication in their original packaging to the investigator
  • To attend all scheduled visits
  • To inform the investigator of any side-effects or illnesses experienced during the trial period (even colds)
  • To complete all forms/diaries as explained

When trials are done under scientific scrutiny, patients are well informed and the investigators dedicated, there can be expansion of medical technology, help for the individual, and better treatments for the next generation.

Bets Breedt, MBChB, B Med Sci, M Fam Med Manager Investigator Services: Quintiles

References:
1. Code of Federal regulations.
2. International Conference on Harmonisation guidelines.
3. Ken Flieger. Testing drugs in people. FDA Consumer July-August 1994.
4. Joanne Kabak. Clinical Trials: How drugs get from the test tubes to us. Drkoop.com:Family:Features.
5. T.A.M. Kramer. Drug Development. Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health eJournal, 24 July 2002.

 
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