An investigational drug, also referred to as an experimental drug, is a drug that is still being studied and has not yet been approved by regulatory agencies, so drug manufacturing companies are required to evaluate their safety and effectiveness in clinical trials and submit trial results to regulatory agencies. To participate in a trial, patients must meet certain criteria. It may be helpful for you to understand what an investigational drug is before deciding if one might be right for you.

(See FDA page: Understanding Investigational Drugs)

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