In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must approve all new medications before they can be used in humans. New medications must complete extensive testing in clinical research before they are approved by the FDA and marketed in the United States. For medications to receive FDA approval, research studies must be conducted to evaluate safety and effectiveness in human volunteers.
An Independent Review Board (IRB), a group of medical professionals and members of the community, review all clinical research studies before they can begin. The primary goal of the IRB is to advocate for patient safety. Before a research study can be conducted, approval by both the FDA and the IRB must be obtained.
ASTHMA Inc. (Associated Scientists to Help Minimize Allergies) is a non-profit clinical research center focused on studies involving individuals with asthma, allergies, eczema and sinusitis. We conduct research studies for companies that want to test experimental medications, devices or treatments.