FAQ Concerning Clinical Trials

One of LRI’s goals is to meet the pressing need for new therapies head-on by breaking down barriers to treatment advances. A major roadblock has been the difficulty in determining whether a drug or treatment approach that seems effective in the laboratory or in mice is also effective—and safe—in human beings.

So-called clinical trials, which involve patients themselves, are critical in the search for a better life for people with lupus.

In recent years, more and more pharmaceutical and biotech companies have developed new lupus treatments and are conducting clinical trials. That’s why it is important to be informed about the clinical trial process and carefully weigh the pros and cons of participating in one.

Potential benefits to a person with lupus include access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and (typically) expert care at a leading health care facility aware of the latest in lupus advances. There’s also the personal satisfaction of helping science find answers.

There are often risks, however. The potential hazards of a treatment may be unknown. Side effects may be serious or unpleasant. In addition, a treatment intended to improve a condition may end up doing nothing.

What You Need To Know

There are many resources available to help you decide if participating in a clinical trial is right for you:

  • Personal stories of people who have participated in clinical trials can be very revealing. California mom (PDF) Tracy Mynhier, a wife and mother of four, shares her experience.

Where To Find Clinical Trials

  • www.clinicaltrials.gov
    Government-sponsored lupus clinical trials are listed here.  On the site you will find information on the purpose of the trial, who is eligible, trial locations, and contact information.
  • Clinical Trials Resource Center
    This extended list of clinical trials and other resources is provided in partnership with CenterWatch.
  • LupusTrials.org
    To spread awareness of the existence and promise of clinical trials, visitors to LupusTrials.org will not only learn about the clinical trial process but can read first-hand accounts of others who have participated in trials and get strategies for locating a trial that is taking place close to them.