Have you ever considered participating in a clinical trial? If you are like most people, probably not. Clinical trials play a vital role in the evaluation of new drugs, and subsequently, the potential for development of new medicines to help treat patients affected by a variety of medical conditions.
“Opioid-induced constipation” is an example of a medical condition that affects many patients who take prescription opioid pain medicines, such as morphine. AstraZeneca is currently recruiting for a Phase III clinical trial as part of the KODIAC program to examine whether an investigational drug is safe and effective for patients suffering from constipation as a side effect of prescription opioids.
Participating in a clinical trial is an important decision. Clinicaltrials.gov, the largest clinical trial registry database run by the National Institutes of Health, is a great resource to learn more about clinical trials. The website offers information about standard clinical trial procedures and definitions, reasons to join, and specific trial availability. Those who choose to participate in clinical trials have an opportunity to play an active role in their own health care and help the community by contributing to medical research.
-by Chris Fleischmann, R.N., Study Leader, AstraZeneca