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ID:

300

Date:

2008-03-28

Headline:

Probing the Placebo Effect

Reporter's name:

Nayer Khazeni, M.D.

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

San Francisco Chronicle

City:

San Francisco, CA

Summary:

In January of 2008, the New England Journal of Medicine published an investigation that found 37 of 38 studies of antidepressants with positive results were published, while only 14 of 36 studies with negative or questionable results were. Using Freedom of Information Act requests, the Journal obtained unpublished reports on SSRIs, the most common antidepressants prescribed. Using the data from both published and unpublished reports a different study found that most patients, except those severely depressed, were just as likely to feel better with placebo sugar pills as with real antidepressants.

Keywords:

CDC, antidepressants, drugs, medical research, placebo, SSRI, FOIA, Prozac, Zoloft, New England Journal of Medicine, depression, anxiety, medication

URL:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/03/21/CMRJVAUE8.DTL


Agencies:

CDC

States:

US

Categories:

drug safety
FOIA
health care
public health


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