A key step in advancing a program from research into an approved medicine is conducting clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of an investigational therapy. We also run clinical trials to better understand how to use our approved products.
Clinical trials follow strict, scientific standards that help protect patients and produce reliable trial results. This process spans three phases of clinical trials, each with a different purpose and involving an increasing number of people.
Every clinical trial has a study plan that describes what will be done during the trial, how the trial will be conducted, and why each part of the trial is necessary. While the process may seem slow, it is critical to test whether the therapy is safe and effective.
We are grateful to the members of our community that participate in the clinical trials for testing our potential therapies, including patients, healthy volunteers, health care professionals, hospitals, and clinics. Each person’s participation contributes tremendously to our understanding of disease and has the potential to benefit patients around the world.