Careers in Clinical Research
The clinical trials are the scientific studies of effects, risks, efficacy & benefits of new and even existing medicines. Trials are supposed to be carried out before a product reaches the hospital or local pharmacy. They are undertaken at various stages, or say ‘phases’, and include trials on healthy individuals; patients with a disease; & also studies conducted after the launch of the new product to monitor safety and side effects during large-scale use. Clinical trials are conducted by pharmaceutical companies or Contract Research Organisations on their behalf. There are various roles and responsibilities in these phases of Clinical Trials.