A clinical trial is a study where the effectiveness of a treatment is tested in a group of people, e.g. people with pulmonary hypertension (PH).
Clinical trials play a very important role in the development of new treatments for different diseases and conditions. Without clinical trials there would have been no developments in new treatments for PH.
Clinical trials could help you get a new treatment for PH before it is approved. You will also be helping improve medical advances in the treatment of PH.
PH is a relatively rare disease. This means that it may be difficult for drugs companies to get enough people involved in a clinical trial and can delay new treatments becoming available.
Here are some things to think about before you enrol on a clinical trial for PH:
If you want to enrol on a clinical trial, your PH team can provide you with details of clinical trials relevant to you.
There are several new drug treatments in early clinical trials, or about to start clinical trials, specifically in people with PH. Trials are ongoing to investigate selexipag and it’s relative ralenipag. There is also great progress being made in genetic engineering, hoping to find a whole new generation of PH treatments. One treatment being tested is a drug called imatinib, which is known as an anti-growth factor. It is already used to treat some types of cancer. Clinical trials of imatinib for people with PH are ongoing.