I'm being evaluated for a clinical trial administered locally for a large drug manufacturer, and the doctor said he might exclude me based on an interpretation of the exclusion criteria that seems obviously incorrect to me. I tried to get a better explanation, but the trial hospital is standing firm that he can exclude me with no further discussion.
Other outside medical personnel that I've talked to see it my way but disagree on options if I am indeed excluded. Some say the doctor has absolute power to exclude me for any reason or no reason, so I'm stuck with his decision. Others say I could theoretically hire a lawyer but it would be more time and trouble than it's worth and better to go to a more distant trial site and try again. Others say I could appeal, but don't know the details of how--through the local site? the drug maker who wrote the crtieria? the independent reviewer?
Whether I'm right or the doctor is right, is there a way to have a timely independent mediator, if I genuinely believe the criteria have not been followed? Or does the doctor have unlimited power to interpret the written criteria how he wants?
This is all so unexpected and puzzling.