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« on: August 26, 2009, 03:15:50 PM »

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

this is a fascinating story.

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Assumption number one was that if a trial were managed correctly, a medication would perform as well or badly in a Phoenix hospital as in a Bangalore clinic. Potter discovered, however, that geographic location alone could determine whether a drug bested placebo or crossed the futility boundary. By the late '90s, for example, the classic antianxiety drug diazepam (also known as Valium) was still beating placebo in France and Belgium. But when the drug was tested in the US, it was likely to fail. Conversely, Prozac performed better in America than it did in western Europe and South Africa. It was an unsettling prospect: FDA approval could hinge on where the company chose to conduct a trial.

now that's freaky. psychiatric treatments can be convincingly said to be partly cultural in nature. but valium?
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