There are thousands of researchers, doctors, nurses, and specialists. Also, thousands of patient volunteers around the search for new drugs, vaccines, and treatments to improve everyone’s health. Today is the International Day of Clinical Trials, and we celebrate everyone who participates directly and indirectly in clinical trials.
Clinical trials, our specialty in CRPS, is celebrated today, May 20, to commemorate the first study, carried out by James Land in 1747, to identify the absence of vitamin D as the cause of scurvy that affected sailors in the British Navy.
Since then, millions of volunteers, doctors, and specialists have managed to eradicate, treat and cure diseases, which is why it is considered, globally, as a special day to celebrate the heroism of those who participate, but also to encourage the active participation of those who risk their lives for others.
What is a clinical trial? Clinical Trials
A clinical trial is an experimental evaluation of a product, substance, drug, diagnostic, or therapeutic technique that, when applied to humans, aims to assess its efficacy and safety. Comprises typically four phases: establishing doses and effects with the participation of patients; Comparison of medications and verification of effectiveness, in addition to marketing, this according to the FDA, in the United States, although each country has its protocols.
In Europe alone, for example, more than 4,000 clinical trials are authorized each year, and in the last 60 years, thanks to biomedical research, life expectancy has increased by nearly ten years. These studies have enabled the HIV AIDS death rate to have decreased by more than 80% since the 1980s. Or, the cancer death rate to be 20% lower since the 1990s.
Therefore, we ask you to take advantage of this day to inform yourself and be prepared to participate in a clinical trial.