About Clinical Trials
As someone living with multiple sclerosis, participating in a clinical trial becomes an option.
These studies sometimes involve medications currently available and FDA-approved while other trials involve new potential medications that are still being tested for benefit and safety.
Generally, you are randomly assigned to 2 or 3 treatment options and followed over time. In “double-blinded” trials, you and your neurologist are unaware of which treatment you are taking. The purpose of blinded trials is to help prevent the results from being biased. Many trials involve a portion of patients put on a placebo which means no actual treatment. The risks of no treatment could be more attacks and more disability. In all trials, you have the option to drop out at any time, especially for disease worsening.
Careful evaluation and understanding of the known and unknown risks to you of treatments being investigated are very important. To actually enroll in a trial, you need to sign a consent form that you agree that you have been informed as to both the benefits and risks of participating in the trial.