Clinical Research Glossary

post-trial access post-trial access


When participants can still receive a study treatment after their participation has ended.

Example of post-trial access in a sentence

Participants should find out if they will have post-trial access to the study treatment.

More Info

Post-trial access applies to drugs and devices.

Whether and how participants will be able to receive a study treatment usually comes up when the treatment has not yet been approved/certified and there are few or no alternatives.

Other info to think about when joining a study

You might see the term “post-trial access” while reading a research consent form. It could be helpful to know whether or not you will be able to still take the study treatment after your time in the study is over.

If you are confused about what is being offered post-trial, be sure to ask the study team. If there is no mention of post-trial access, you should still ask the study team if there are plans to give you the investigational product after your participation in the study has ended.

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