WHAT ARE CLINICAL TRIALS?
Clinical trials are studies that help evaluate a new treatment, such as, a drug or diet. The ultimate goal of the studies is to improve the health and well-being of veterinary patients. Clinical trials often involve testing the effects of a new treatment that has not yet been approved by the FDA or USDA for a specific species or disease.
Drugs being tested in clinical trials have been previously evaluated in a laboratory setting and promising results have supported the need for further evaluation clinically. A laboratory investigation cannot predict how a naturally occurring disease in our day-to-day environment will respond to the treatment.
Clinical trials at Northgate Pet Clinic are final phase trials where safety has been proven in previous phases and the drug is being evaluated for every day household pets.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN A CLINICAL TRIAL?
Typically most, if not all, of the costs of participating in a clinical study, including exams, medications and blood tests are covered. Additionally, many studies provide a financial credit at Northgate Pet Clinic for the participant’s future needs once the trial is complete.
It is rewarding to be involved in the process of approval with the knowledge that your participation may help advance the veterinary care of other animals in the future.
Your pet is afforded access to cutting-edge therapies that are often unavailable outside of the clinical trial.