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What happens after I've taken part in a research project?

If you’ve only been involved in part of a project, there can be a long wait until the findings become available. If the researchers don’t automatically offer you the results, you can ask for them.

If you’ve been part of a drug trial and the new drug was more successful than the existing one, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll be available straight away. The new treatment may need to undergo further tests, and it must then be licensed, meaning that the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) or the European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA) allows the manufacturer to market the drug in the UK. After that, it must be approved by a national body such as the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Your doctor will be able to give you more information about when the drug may be available.

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