Why Participate in Clinical Trials?
Clinical trials provide access to new treatment options that have not yet been approved by Health Canada or covered by provincial governments. Once a new therapy is Health Canada approved, the provincial reimbursement process can take up to two years – sometimes even longer. During this time, you may obtain the drug through a clinical trial or:
- By paying for the drug out of your own pocket
- Through a private drug plan
- Through compassionate use programs (offered by pharmaceutical companies)