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Frequently Asked Questions
Let us answer your questions about the ICON Study Match program
Clinical research studies are conducted to determine if potential new medications are safe and if they work. Clinical research studies are performed according to government regulations that help protect the safety and rights of study participants.
ICON supports many types of research studies, including those for patients with specific medical conditions and others for healthy volunteers. When you sign up with ICON to match with current or future studies, our clinical research specialists will collect high-level medical information from you to determine your eligibility for individual studies.
ICON partners with many study sponsors, and new clinical research studies are added regularly for many conditions. When you sign up for the free ICON Study Match program, you can indicate the conditions in which you are interested. Our clinical research specialists will review your information and inform you of studies for which you may be eligible.
Yes, many clinical research studies require healthy volunteers to participate.
Benefits of participating in a clinical research study include:
- Chance to access otherwise unavailable investigational medications that may be an option for your condition
- Receive close study-related care and monitoring by a study doctor at no cost
- Help develop new treatments and make a positive impact on the health of patients
- Receive reimbursement for your time and travel costs
When signing up for the free ICON Study Match program, you will answer a few questions about your health, medications and conditions you have. Our clinical research specialists will review your information and inform you of studies for which you may be eligible. When we find a match, ICON or the local study doctor's office may contact you for further pre-screening.
When you sign up for the free ICON Study Match program, clinical research specialists will review your information and inform you of studies for which you may be eligible. When we find a match, ICON or the local study doctor's office may contact you for further pre-screening. You may also be invited to complete surveys or participate in focus groups if you have opted to participate in those activities when signing up.
When you enroll in a study, you will learn study details, have a chance to ask questions, and be asked to provide written, informed consent. Every study has different requirements, including how and where you receive care and how many and how long study visits will be. All study participants receive regular study-related medical attention and are closely observed for safety concerns.
A clinical investigator is a medical researcher responsible in conducting a clinical study and ensuring the well-being of study volunteers.
Yes, participation in any clinical research study is entirely voluntary. If you decide to participate in a clinical research study, you are free to withdraw at any time for any reason without penalty or effect on your future medical care.
Informed consent is the process of learning the key facts and details about a clinical research study. This information will be provided to you before you decide to participate, and as new information becomes available during your continued participation throughout the study. Once you have read the informed consent form and understand the details, including the risks and benefits, you can decide whether to sign the document. The informed consent process also includes opportunities for you to ask questions about the study. No study-related procedures will take place without a signed informed consent form.
An investigational study medication or research study medication is a medication or formulation that has not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States for prescription by doctors.
A placebo does not contain any active ingredients and looks the same as the study medication. The use of a placebo is important in clinical research studies because it allows researchers to determine how well the active study medication may be working. If ICON is able to match you with a study, the staff at the doctor's office conducting it will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding your change of receiving a placebo.
Neither you nor the study doctor will be able to choose or know which study group you are in. However, the study doctor can find out if there is an emergency or if it is necessary to know for your health.
Prior to enrolling in any specific clinical study, the site staff at the doctor's office will take you through the informed consent process, where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have prior to deciding whether or not you wish to participate further and share additional information with them.
Yes. If at any time you wish to unsubscribe from our contact list, you may click the link in any email from us, or visit this page.
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Advancing science together
Since our founding in 1990, ICON's mission has been to help accelerate the development of drugs and devices that save lives and improve quality of life.
We work with doctors, researchers and patients around the world. Together, we can help find therapies to prevent and treat conditions and diseases.
Whether you want to access investigational medications for your medical condition or volunteer to make a difference, there may be a place for you in clinical research with ICON.