Medical Research

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Medical research seems to be a hot topic right now.


Many characteristics make medical research one of the most challenging fields. These characteristics can also make it very successful.


First, however, you need to know what these challenges are to overcome them if necessary!

High Investment Capital


The need for capital is high in medical research. To start, researchers must dedicate time and money to find a safe way of testing the product. This phase takes several years. In addition, the cost of conducting these tests with large groups of people is expensive. 

Furthermore, once preclinical trials begin, they still may not yield any results that work as intended. 

There is no guarantee that a drug will make it through human clinical testing. This is true even if it is considered an effective treatment for a particular illness.

For these reasons, new drugs are expensive when first released onto the market due to the costs. It means most pharmaceutical companies only spend $500 million each year on R&D, which limits how many new treatments we see produced each year. 


Lengthy Testing and Accreditation Periods


There is a lengthy and complex process that medical research studies must go through prior to FDA approval. For each study, there are three phases of testing: 

Phase I – Tests on humans with ten or fewer participants

Phase II – Tests on larger groups than Phase I (up to 100 individuals) who have the disease or condition in question and similar populations without this disease/condition. The goal of these tests is how effective they will be if you compare them to possible existing treatments for treating your specific problem. 

Phase III – These trials test large amounts (100s-1000s) and many times more people than phase one or two combined. It is called a randomized trial which means half the people get the test drug or treatment, while half get a placebo. They do this to ensure that the results are due only to how effective they will compare it to possible existing treatments at treating your specific problem (placebo).

The medical research industry is highly regulated, which means that testing products can take several years. It’s no wonder, then, why many companies are turning to alternatives like text messaging instead of traditional methods. 

Testing Processes


Testing is a process in which an organization analyzes the quality of a product or service. The goal of testing is to discover problems and weaknesses with the item.  Then, if necessary, they can adjust before it goes out for sale to customers. Doctors or centers like Dr Hanid Audish MD specializing in clinical and medical research, often have a precise method for handling the different testing needs. 


Time and Effort in Research


Research and development are time-consuming and costly. The process can take many years, from an initial idea to a marketable drug or vaccine, but that’s just the beginning of the journey for potential cures. Once developed, new products must go through clinical trials to be approved by regulatory agencies such as the FDA before they get to the shelves. 




In conclusion, even though medical research can sometimes be complex, many benefits come along with it.

Test products go through an extensive testing process before being released to the public. Work and dedication is very prevalent in this process.  Perhaps we should keep this in mind as we decide if a drug is (or is not) something that we want to take.


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Elise Ho
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Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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18 thoughts on “Medical Research”

  1. I haven’t check a lot about health but that’s awesome it’s a hot topic and people doing tons of research.

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  2. I think medical research is very important and should be done correctly and should pass all the necessary phases and tests. Then, I will feel safer when I use the medicine.

  3. It’s interesting to learn a bit about the testing process. I really appreciate that as a society we are trying to learn more about things that really do affect us and not just taking things at face value anymore.

  4. Research has so many benifits. Not only for the patient in terms of finding a possible solution to their diagnosis. It helps our science community and others with similar circumstances. Full disclosure… Speaking as a former Clinical Research RN Coordinator.

  5. Medical research is big news indeed and for good reasons. I think it’s fascinating how Covid has sped this up and led to new innovations which otherwise would have been much further down the pipeline.

  6. I kept on seeing news about medical research ever since the pandemic started. Those giant pharmaceutical companies who are tryung their best to come up with an effective vaccine for covid. Yep, i have heard how lengthy the process and the trials are before a medicine becomes available to the public. This made me wonder how long will it actually take to develop a medicine that will fight and kill corona virus completely

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.