Clinical Trials and Research Studies for Multiple Sclerosis

In the US, nearly 1 million people live with MS – and everyone’s experience with MS is different. Participating in research studies – even ones you can do at home – and clinical trials help us learn more about MS and develop better treatment options.

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About clinical trials


What are clinical trials?

Clinical trials (also called clinical research) are research studies to determine whether investigational drugs or treatments are safe and effective for humans. All investigational medications and devices must undergo clinical trials before they are made available to patients.

Can I decide to leave a clinical trial?

You can decide to leave a clinical trial at any time, and you do not have to give a reason. There is no charge or penalty if you decide not to take part in a clinical trial.

Why should I participate in a clinical trial?

Clinical trials offer an opportunity to help researchers find better medications for others in the future.

What are the benefits and risks of clinical trials?

It's important to discuss the benefits and risks with either your doctor or the clinical trial site contact before making any decisions. Before you can participate in any clinical trial, you will be asked to review and sign an informed consent form (ICF), which will explain the potential benefits, risks, and side effects that you may experience while taking part in the clinical trial. Signing it indicates you are agreeing to take part in this research study.

Is my information safe?

Your information will be kept confidential within the limits of the law of your country. If the results of this clinical trial are published or presented in a meeting, you will not be named and nobody will be able to tell that you were in the trial from the publication or presentation.