August 27th, 2009

Anhinga, snakebird

"Placebos are getting more effective"

http://www.wired.com/medtech/drugs/magazine/17-09/ff_placebo_effect?currentPage=all

"Some products that have been on the market for decades, like Prozac, are faltering in more recent follow-up tests. In many cases, these are the compounds that, in the late '90s, made Big Pharma more profitable than Big Oil. But if these same drugs were vetted now, the FDA might not approve some of them. Two comprehensive analyses of antidepressant trials have uncovered a dramatic increase in placebo response since the 1980s."

The whole article is a bit too long, which is typical for "Wired".Collapse )