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Re: ADs found to offer little clinical benefit Netch

Posted by yxibow on February 28, 2008, at 8:08:39

In reply to Re: ADs found to offer little clinical benefit, posted by Netch on February 27, 2008, at 7:02:43

> Sometimes I get the feeling many drugs success and profits come at least partially from placebo effects.
>
> /Netch

If a medication doesn't have a lot of side effects for an individual -and- has success -- don't forget, placebo effects, as you note can have up to 30% results. Some people are suggestible and if given hard candy in a pill will respond. This is no criticism of them, this is just how their brain operates.

But as I noted, if an agent even works for 30% of people for a particular disorder one can say that one is doing quite well considering chemotherapy agents can have as little as 10% improvement rates and are given when the benefits (extended life, time to be with the world and those that they love) outweigh the risks.

 

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