Get Involved with Vitiligo Treatment Testing
There is now a choice of different clinical trials for vitiligo patients, thanks to the discovery of numerous innovative treatments. These clinical trials allow patients to sample the newest medications in development while also helping to discover and test them, perhaps influencing the future of vitiligo therapy.
Clinical trials are not the same as standard medical therapy. A clinical study involves exposing a small group of people to a new medicine. Clinicians will then closely examine this new experiment to see how the new treatment affects the participants.
Entering a clinical study is not for everyone due to the time commitment and length. While it is exciting, patients should consider the following factors: multiple visits during the trial, schedule, worry about utilizing a new treatment, and other potential barriers to commitment.
How We Got Started
What to Expect for Those Interested & Qualified
Clinical studies require a long time to design to be done correctly, secure the safety of the participants, and finally provide a clear response as to whether or not a treatment is effective for the disease. As a result, clinical studies are costly to conduct and necessitate a significant amount of cash.
To protect the safety of participants, the planning must be authorized by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) at each participating institution. Following clearance, the trial will be publicized, and subjects are recruited by word of mouth, dermatologist referrals, advertising, our website, and newsletter notifications.
Interested patients are informed of study’s details, including:
- The length of the trial
- The number of visits required
- What the drug is and how it’s taken, whether topical, oral, injectable, etc.
- The likelihood of receiving the drug because some trials have a placebo and are blinded, so you have a chance of entering the trial and not receiving the drug to be tested
Additionally, patients are informed of the trial’s inclusion and exclusion criteria, which specify who is and is not eligible to participate. This can include things like a patient’s age, where the vitiligo is on their body, how much vitiligo they have, how long they’ve had it, and so on.
A screening visit is planned once the potential subject has been educated about the inclusion and exclusion criteria, has decided that they are still interested in the trial, and has met all of the specific requirements. This visit includes a physical exam and lab tests to ensure that they are healthy enough to participate in the trial. If the results of this visit are good, the potential subject is recruited in the experiment, appointments are planned, and they are randomized and given the medicine or placebo to use, if applicable.
How to Get Involved with Vitiligo Trials
While qualifications can be strict to enter many clinical trials, i.e., you must be the right age, have spots in the correct areas, etc. You can be a potential subject and positively impact finding a cure for vitiligo.
Want to see how you can get started with a clinical trial for vitiligo? Check back to learn about the latest available trials.
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