Who pays for clinical trials?
Sometimes the group sponsoring your trial will be responsible for the
cost of the medicine as well as the costs of medical tests that are required
while you are in the trial. (Clinical trials usually require you to have more
medical tests than you would have if you were not in the trial.) But in other
trials, the cost of the medicine and only some of the medical tests will be
covered. Some studies will reimburse you for the cost of traveling to and from
your medical visits.
How can you find out about clinical trials?
National Institutes of Health, through its National Library of Medicine, has
developed ClinicalTrials.gov to provide information about clinical
research studies to patients, family members, and members of the public. You
can contact this service on the Internet at www.ClinicalTrials.gov. Or you can
get information over the phone by calling 1-888-346-3656 or (301) 594-5983.
There may or may not be a clinical trial available in your area that relates to
your particular disease or stage of disease.