You are a member of an IRB that is reviewing a study on the effectiveness of placebo “treatments.” It is well known that different sizes, shapes and colors of pills cause different levels of the placebo effect, which also varies by the therapeutic indication and the country/culture. The investigators want to test the placebo effect across a broad range of diseases and countries. The placebo pill will be presented as a “booster” to their current treatment--not a placebo. Read more
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In its December 15 report, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Commission) makes 14 recommendations to improve the current system of research protections.
One of the most nuanced and interesting parts of the Commission’s 193-page report is the [...] Read more