Clinical Trials FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I received a letter from Walgreens about a clinical trial; does Walgreens participate in clinical trials?
A: Walgreens sends letters to patients as part of a clinical trial awareness process to inform patients about local clinical trials. Clinical trials contribute greatly to the overall progress in understanding and treating diseases. Walgreens supports that mission.
Q: What's the benefit of participating in a clinical trial?
A: By participating in a clinical trial, you'll have access to new treatments that are not yet available to the public, along with medical care at participating clinical trial sites. You'll also help others by contributing to medical research.
To advance medicine and bring new drugs to market, clinical trials must be conducted. Connecting Walgreens patients to local clinical trials may help advance clinical research. This can serve to benefit patients who are:
- Unsatisfied with the clinical endpoints achieved by currently available treatment modalities
- Unable to afford or looking to reduce health care related expenses
- Desiring to serve the greater public good by participating in a process to advance medical research
Q: How much information will I receive before I decide to participate in a clinical trial?
A: If you're eligible for a clinical trial, you'll be fully informed about the clinical trial before granting your full consent to participate.
Q: What will I be required to do during the clinical trial?
A: Each clinical trial has different volunteer requirements. In general, you'll:
- Need to adhere to the clinical trial site's visit schedules and trial-specific instructions
- Be monitored by healthcare providers
- Possibly be asked to record information about yourself at regular intervals
- Possibly receive additional follow-up after the active trial phase of the clinical trial
Q: Will I have to change my daily activities or diet?
A: Each clinical trial is different, and may require adjustments to your daily routine. The clinical trial site's healthcare professionals will be able to address these concerns.
Q: How long will the clinical trial last?
A: Each clinical trial is different and varies in duration. You will be told about the length of the clinical trial before enrolling.
Q: Will my identity remain confidential during the clinical trial?
A: Walgreens strictly guards your privacy throughout the clinical trial awareness process:
- All activities performed by Walgreens in the clinical trial awareness process have been reviewed to ensure compliance with applicable privacy laws, including HIPAA
- Under no circumstances does Walgreens share your information, including personal health information, to any third party without your permission
- A third party may only receive your information if you contact the web-site and/or toll-free number in the letter to seek more information about the clinical trial
- The web-site and/or call center, whether hosted by Walgreens or a third party, is operating on behalf of the clinical trial sponsor which must obtain appropriate institutional review board (IRB) approval for the clinical trial
- IRB approval of clinical trials ensures that applicable patient privacy and human subject protections are in place, including for the recruitment of patients into clinical trials
- An IRB is an independent ethics committee used in research in the United States. The IRB is designated to review, approve or disapprove, and monitor all clinical trial activities in accordance with applicable laws and rules. The sole purpose of an IRB is to protect individuals' rights and welfare while participating as subjects in clinical trials.