You may have questions about what it’s like being a clinical volunteer. Take a look at some of the most common questions people have before enrolling, and see if participating in a clinical trial is something you’d like to do.
Clinical trials are scientific studies where researchers investigate a drug’s or device’s impact on a disease or a person’s overall health. Clinical trials are governed by a number of rules and guidelines, which help to ensure the rights, safety, and well-being of trial participants. Clinical trials are an irreplaceable step in the process to develop new medicines and devices.
There are many different reasons to volunteer for a clinical trial. Some people want to receive the latest health care treatments, while others find satisfaction in knowing that they’re contributing to medical advancements. Volunteering is a personal decision, but you may find it valuable to see why others decided to participate. To hear stories from past volunteers, visit our participant experience page.
There are several benefits to taking part in clinical trials. You may:
• Get valuable information about managing your disease
• Get access to new treatments not yet available on the market
• Get close medical monitoring during your participation
• Get expert medical care at leading health care facilities
• Help others by contributing to medical research
In order to participate, you will go through a screening process where the doctor will determine if you are eligible. The investigator of the trial, or lead doctor/scientist, ensures that people who want to volunteer are able to participate based on the detailed information in the clinical trial plan, also known as the protocol. They will review the volunteer’s full medical history, perform a detailed medical examination, obtain a signed informed consent form, and more.
You can enrol in any clinical trial at any time without a referral from your doctor.
Your well-being and safety range above anything else while taking part in a Novo Nordisk trial. Clinical trials are strictly regulated by numerous requirements and legislations in order to ensure your rights, safety, and confidentiality.
Clinical trials sponsored by Novo Nordisk will always be conducted according to all applicable laws and guidelines and only take place after approval is granted by the national regulatory authorities and research ethics committees.
Clinical trials will only be conducted if:
• They can be scientifically and medically justified
• Potential benefits outweigh potential risks for the trial participant
During a trial, all adverse events, or side effects, are closely monitored and action is taken when necessary. Novo Nordisk also creates safety committees for all clinical research activities, which immediately take action on any safety aspect of research, if needed.
Clinical trials sponsored by Novo Nordisk will always be conducted according to the Declaration of Helsinki, an international agreement for ethical standards for medical research.
You will always be given verbal and written information about the trial you’re participating in before you decide to take part. The trial doctor works with you to make sure you understand the details of the trial. This process is known as informed consent.
Please note that you cannot participate in a trial until you sign an informed consent form, which is a document stating that you understand all aspects of the trial and freely volunteer to take part.
Depending on the trial, you may still have an opportunity to volunteer. You can find clinical trials that are recruiting healthy volunteers on the website clinicaltrials.gov.
Participants of Novo Nordisk clinical trials may be reimbursed for reasonable travelling expenses and loss of income.
The length of trials vary from weeks to years, and each trial is different. As a part of the informed consent process, you will be informed upfront how long a specific trial is scheduled to last.
Yes. You may drop out of a trial at any time, for any reason.
Just like with any medication, there are sometimes side effects. Throughout the trial, doctors and nurses will closely monitor your health, and will make adjustments if needed.
Some trials may include a placebo. The placebo will look like the medicine being tested, but does not have any active ingredients. Though you may receive a placebo, keep in mind that placebos are a really important part of the clinical trials process, and are necessary to test the psychological benefits of a treatment.
Novo Nordisk is committed to publishing trial results and providing all volunteers with access. For more information, visit sharing results.
Yes. You are welcome to see your primary doctor at any time during your trial.
Participants in clinical trials will, after the clinical trial has finished, be offered the best possible treatment available.
Yes. Protecting your privacy is very important. Novo Nordisk will always protect the use of personal data with the appropriate security measures.
Involvement in a study will normally include:
It is important that you commit to participating in the full study and attend your regular visits from start to finish so that the research team can follow your progress. Attending every visit helps the team better understand the study results, and you may also benefit from the clinic visits.
Even if you or your study doctor makes the decision for you to stop taking the study medicine ahead of schedule, it is still important to attend all visits until the end of the study.
More than 25,000 people participate in a Novo Nordisk clinical trial each year. These trials are conducted at more than 5,000 trial sites, in 50 countries around the world. Novo Nordisk will usually have more than 100 active clinical trials at any given time. Clinical trial sites have recognized Novo Nordisk as one of the best companies to work with for clinical trials.