Should I try a new drug?
| Your doctor may ask you to help try a new
drug. Doctors can only find
new and better drugs by testing them on people. These are called
clinical trials. You cannot be in a clinical trial without your permission.
In most clinical trials some people will be getting the new drug and
others will be getting older drugs that the doctors are used to using.
This is so they can compare the two and see whether the new drug is
any better than the old.
If your doctor asks you to be in a clinical trial ask him or her what
the chances are that you will be getting the new drug. Ask what you
will get if it is not the new drug. Ask if you will know what you are getting.
Ask whether your doctor will know what you are getting.
Find out more about the new drug.
Has it been used before?
What are its side effects?
Why is your doctor trying it out?
Remember that you do not have to be involved in a clinical trial if
you don't want to. And if you do get involved and change your mind
you are allowed to pull out of it.