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Frequently Asked Questions

A research study (also known as a clinical trial) is a medical study that is designed to answer questions about the safety of potential new drugs and to find out how well they work. Research studies must be performed before a potential new drug can be approved for use in patients.

This website contains information that may help you to decide whether you (or your child) would like to participate in the Synchronize research studies, which are testing an investigational drug for pink eye caused by adenoviruses or bacteria.

What are the Synchronize research studies?

The Synchronize research studies are looking at a non-antibiotic investigational drug targeted for use with two of the most common forms of pink eye – those caused by adenoviruses or bacterial infection. The non-antibiotic investigational drug is a combination of an antiseptic (which kills certain viruses and bacteria) and a steroid (which aims to reduce pink eye symptoms). By taking part, you and/or your child may receive the investigational drug for pink eye and all study-related procedures and visits, including care from an eye specialist, at no cost.

Can I take part in the Synchronize research studies?

Both adults and children of any age may be able to take part in one of the Synchronize studies. You (or your child) may be able to participate if you (or they):

  • have had pink eye signs or symptoms (e.g. redness, watering/discharge, or irritation) in at least one eye for no more than the past 4 days.
  • are interested in taking part in a research study for up to 13 days.
  • are willing to travel to the study center for appointments. 

Additional criteria, including some for newborn infants and young babies, may apply.

Why is it important to include children in the Synchronize research studies?

Children are often affected by pink eye, and drugs do not always work in the same way for children as they do for adults. It is important that drugs that are intended for use in children have been used by children as part of a clinical research study like this one.

Can other household members join the Synchronize research studies?

Pink eye infections can be passed between people who have close contact, so it is possible that several people in your household could be affected at the same time. If this happens, all household members who qualify may take part in one of the Synchronize studies.

What will the Synchronize research studies involve?

The Synchronize research studies will involve five visits to the study center over a 13-day period.

At the first study visit, you will have medical tests to find out if one of the studies is suitable for you. If so, you will be assigned randomly (like rolling dice) to one of the study drug groups.

Neither you nor the study team will know which group you are in. You will be asked to use the eye drops four times each day for 7 days.

At the five study visits, a variety of specialized medical tests will be carried out. These will include:

  • eye examinations
  • vision tests
  • eye swabs
  • questions about your medical history and any drugs that you are taking
  • a urine pregnancy test (if you are a woman who is able to have children).

By taking part in this research study, you will also find out what type of pink eye you have (adenoviral or bacterial).

What are my costs to participate in this research study?

There is no cost to you or your insurance provider for participating in the research study.

By taking part, you and/or your child will receive all study-related procedures and visits, including care from an eye specialist provided at no cost.