A treatment or drug gets approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through a series of comprehensive clinical trials designed to evaluate the new drug, procedure, or health practice’s safety and effectiveness. Clinical trials allow researchers and doctors to continue learning about and make improvements in medical treatment. Venu Prabaker, MD, of Healthcare Medical Group of La Mesa in La Mesa, California, works with an experienced team of health care professionals to conduct clinical trials. Find out more about their work by calling the practice or through the online booking tool.
A clinical trial is a research study that explores the effects of treatments on human health. These trials look at “real life” results. Medical practices use volunteers, who are usually paid, to test the safety, effectiveness, and approach of a proposed new treatment. Trials vary in size, purpose, target audience, and duration.
Dr. Prabaker works alongside other medical professionals to conduct careful clinical trials that provide useful, reliable information that the entire medical community can benefit from.
Clinical trials go through several phases to determine the safety, dosage, and potential side-effects of treatment.
Phase one uses a small group of 20-80 healthy people to test an experimental treatment. The medical team looks for side effects and uses the data to assess dosage.
A phase two trial involves 100-300 people, including people who have a disease or health condition. It continues to monitor side effects and tests for treatment effectiveness. This phase can take several years.
A phase three trial can involve up to 3,000 people. It gathers information on the treatment’s effectiveness and side effects across different populations. It also determines how it interacts with other drugs. If a treatment passes phase three, it receives FDA approval.
A phase four trial begins after FDA approval, once the treatment is distributed among the population. This trial allows the medical team to track the side effects and effectiveness of the treatment among thousands, sometimes millions, of people over a long period.
Dr. Prabaker and his associates are always clear about which phase a clinical trial is in.
Not all clinical trials test treatment effectiveness. Other reasons a medical team would conduct a clinical trial include:
Dr. Prabaker is passionate about preventive care and conducts clinical trials to support improvements in treatment and diagnostic processes throughout the medical industry. Find out more about clinical trials today. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online.