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You may be able to qualify for a clinical trial that will provide the medication you need at no cost.

A clinical trial is a carefully controlled study to answer specific questions about a new drug or treatment or a new way of using an old drug or treatment. It is a myth to think that people who participate in clinical trials are used as "guinea pigs."  Trials are conducted by scientists and researchers who believe that a treatment may be superior to standard treatment. All clinical trials are under federal regulation which requires that each study be subject to an instituional review board (IRB) which reviews and monitors the study. One of  the major criteria IRBs watch for is patient safety.

To learn about clinical trials, click here.

NOTE: When considering a clinical trial to obtain access to a drug, be sure to find out what the trial will or will not cover. Also find out what happens when the trial ends.

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