How New Medicines Are Made

It takes a long time and a lot of work to create the prescription medicines you and your family take. Each new medicine needs to go through a very difficult and long process to determine if it is safe and will work when appropriately prescribed. This process is called a clinical trial.

How does a clinical trial work?

There are many checkpoints in place to determine if medicines will be safe and will work well for the patients who need them most. Select a colored tab to learn about each phase of a clinical trial:

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