A clinical trial is a research study carefully designed to answer specific questions about vaccines, new medications or new ways of using known medications. Clinical trials measure the medication’s ability to treat a medical condition and how safe it is to use. The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) has strict rules by which all clinical trials must be conducted. The FDA then looks at the results of the studies to decide whether to approve them for use by the general public.
Since 1997, when Virginia Women’s Center was first chosen as a clinical research site, we have received a tremendous response from our patients that has enabled us to participate in over 50 studies which have contributed to the safety and effectiveness of medicine for women.