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The drugs don't work

2012-09-24 16:00:51.596838+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Ben Goldacre in The Guardian: The drugs don't work: a modern medical scandal.

... Seven trials had been conducted comparing reboxetine against a placebo. Only one, conducted in 254 patients, had a neat, positive result, and that one was published in an academic journal, for doctors and researchers to read. But six more trials were conducted, in almost 10 times as many patients. All of them showed that reboxetine was no better than a dummy sugar pill. None of these trials was published. I had no idea they existed.

Nothing cosmic, just another pointing out that we've got some problems in how we determine drug efficacy.

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-09-25 03:02:30.363301+00 by: ebradway

Just take a sugar pill and think happy thoughts!