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Clinical Trial Rundown

By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

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Supporting Your Loved One

Those who participate in clinical trials must be sure to take the study medication as prescribed. If the instructions are not followed correctly, doses are missed, or study medications run out, then the research results could be negatively affected. It could even affect the health of your loved one.  It also undermines the very reasons your loved one volunteered for the trial.

  • Seek advice on how to organize your loved oneís medications.

  • Create a system to ensure study medication has been taken.

  • If using a weekly pill organizer, include the study medication for each day.

  • Make sure refills are received at each appointment.

  • Donít let your loved one skip an appointment because they could run out of study medication.

Clinical trials are an essential part of medical advancements and these advancements only come when people step up to participate. Being a part of a clinical trial can take extra time and effort for both caregiver and loved one. The key is to finding a trial that is attainable and encourages that sense of purpose a person, especially someone with a debilitating disease, hopes to have. Parkinsonís slowly may be taking away independence, but knowing that they can still make a difference for themselves and others may be just the positive reinforcement a loved one needs.


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