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Who pays for clinical trials?

In the United States, the introduction of new medications and medical devices is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Before the FDA will approve an innovation, it must be tested through a clinical trial, a carefully regulated research study using consenting human subjects.

Clinical trials are sponsored or funded by a variety of organizations or individuals such as physicians, medical institutions, foundations, voluntary groups and pharmaceutical or medical device companies, in addition to federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These trials can take place in a variety of locations, such as hospitals, universities, doctors' offices or community clinics.

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