The lure of a clinical trial is obvious. At its best, clinical trials offer a person with arthritis access to cutting-edge medications, sometimes years before those medications are generally available. Even if the medication you?re testing turns out to be ineffective, you still get the benefit of enhanced medical care through the study, as well as free treatment. If you have chronic pain that can?t be controlled by any existing treatment, clinical trials offer hope of a pain-free future may be even more tempting.
Arthritis Foundation local offices. Your local office may keep a list of ongoing trials or be able to refer you to someone who does.
Web sites. You can search for clinical trials for a specific condition at www. clinicaltrials.gov or www.centerwatch.com.