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Who are the usual subjects of human drug testing?

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These days they are usually patients with existing disease who agree to take part in a trial. In most cases, this is because they have disease that cannot be adequately treated with standard treatments, so they agree to try experimental drugs to see if they are more effective.

For instance, a lot of cancer patients have little hope of survival with existing drugs, so they instead enroll in clinical trials to see if the newer treatments are better.

For less serious conditions, some patients will agree to take part in a trial where some patients get a "placebo" which has no effect, to act as a control. If there is evidence that the drug works, the placebo patients will generally be switched to the real drugs once this evidence appears.

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Usually those who are poorer and need the money.

Some actually do it to further science.