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frequently asked questions

What is a Clinical Trial? ​

​Clinical trials explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for use. These studies may show which medical approaches work best for certain disorders or specific groups of people. Clinical trials produce the best data available for health care decision making.

All clinical trials follow strict scientific standards and regulations. These standards protect patients’ rights and help produce reliable study results. Clinical trials are one of the final stages of a long and careful research process.


What types of trials do you do?

Here at America Clinical Trials, we mostly do phase II to phase IV studies on diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cholesterol or lipid disorders.

In Phase II studies, the drug or treatment is given to a larger group of people to see if it is effective and to further evaluate its safety.

In Phase III studies, the drug or treatment is given to large groups of people to confirm its effectiveness, monitor side effects, compare it to commonly used treatments, and collect information that will allow the drug or treatment to be used safely.

Phase IV studies are done after the drug or treatment has been marketed to gather information on the drug's effect in various populations and any side effects associated with long-term use.

Most of the investigational medications that we research here have already been approved by the FDA and deemed safe and effective for use in patients and most are already on the market.


Why participate in a clinical trial?

Your involvement in a trial helps us further medical advancements in the field. Your participation assists researchers in discovering more efficient and effective treatment options for all patients in the future. It is also possible that your overall health and quality of life will improve from taking part in a study.


As a clinical research subject, you will receive the following, at no cost: study-related physical exams, diet and exercise counseling, laboratory testing, study-related assistance, management, and care for your condition, as well as investigational study medication. Becoming a subject is an extremely rewarding and beneficial experience and offers people an opportunity to receive the newest treatment options available as well as exceptional medical care.


Is insurance required?

No. You do not need insurance to take part in one of our clinical research studies.


Is there compensation?

All research subjects are reimbursed for time and travel expenses. Contact us at (818) 708-0339 for more information.


What types of participants are you looking for?

We are looking for people with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, High Cholesterol or Lipid Disorders, Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity, among other conditions. If this sounds like you, consider signing up for one of our ongoing studies!


How can I trust your site?

America Clinical Trials, originally founded in 2002 as a department of the Metabolic Institute of America, has developed into a major research institute bearing its own name in 2012. ACT is led by nationally-recognized endocrinologist and metabolic physician, Dr. Yehuda Handelsman, MD, who serves as the Principal Investigator for all trials. Dr. Handelsman has several years of experience in treating cardio-metabolic disorders and is extremely knowledgeable in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of these conditions. He has developed and successfully utilizes comprehensive and unique, multi-interventional approaches to the cardio-metabolic high risk patient and has been listed repeatedly in “Top Doctors of Los Angeles”, “Southern California Super Doctors” and “Best Doctors of America”.

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