• Recent Human Drug Trials Show Most Modern Drugs Not Much Better Than Placebo

    Posted June 16, 2013: by Bill Sardi

    A review of drug trials conducted between 1966 and 2010 reveals modern drugs are not much more effective than the inactivate placebo pills they are compared against.  In many instances, doctors would save the growing budget for health care costs by prescribing sugar pills.

    Investigators reporting in the journal Health Affairs say drugs tested between 1966 and 1990 were about four times (400%) better than placebo pills.  By 2001 that figure dropped to 36% better than placebos.

    In some placebo/drug comparison trials, study subjects are given placebos prior to the study and if they respond positively they are eliminated from the study.  If that didn’t take place, the difference between placebos and would be nil.

    The following chart shows the decline in effectiveness of drugs versus placebo pills over the past few decades.  Older drugs may be better, but doctors tend to prescribe newer non-generic drugs whose patents have not expired.  Modern medicine arrogantly claims their drugs are “FDA approved” and proven in controlled studies.  But these trials are often large, involving thousands of patients, and do not provide instruction for individuals, only groups.  In other words, a person is more likely to benefit from a drug if statistically proven in a controlled study, but maybe one-third of the patients benefit and two-thirds don’t.  Statin cholesterol-lowering drugs reduce the risk of non-mortal heart attacks in 1 out of 200 healthy individuals and yet have “FDA approved” status.  – ©2013 Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.



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