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Compassionate Use Trials

"Compassionate Use Trials" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

Providing an investigational therapy to a patient who is not eligible to receive that therapy in a clinical trial, but who has a serious or life-threatening illness for which other treatments are not available. Compassionate use trials allow patients to receive promising but not yet fully studied or approved therapies when no other treatment option exists. Also called expanded access trial.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Compassionate Use Trials" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Compassionate Use Trials" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 28 publications over 10 distinct years, with a maximum of 4 publications in 2018 and 2020
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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.