Although useful medications exist to help manage lupus, their effectiveness can sometimes be limited and they are associated with a number of side effects. For this reason, doctors and researchers are trying to develop more effective and better-tolerated therapies for the treatment of lupus. Continued research will significantly increase our understanding of lupus and bring hope of new lupus treatments.
Participation in these clinical research programs may give participants the opportunity to try an investigational medication for lupus. You may not directly benefit from these studies, but the information collected from the clinical research may help other people with lupus in the future. Participation in clinical research studies is always voluntary and participants can withdraw at any time for any reason. If you decide to participate, you are free to stop participation at any time and for any reason without penalty to you.
If you participate in one of the studies, you will receive, at no cost:
- Direct access to study doctors or nurses who will answer questions and concerns
- Study-related physical exams
- Blood work and other laboratory services
- Investigational study drug