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Is the medicine used in clinical trial actually meant to help participants?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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In brief: Depends on trial

Some clinical trials pit one drug against another to compare their efficacy for certain conditions.
Others pit a drug against a placebo to learn how well the drug works; then those who received placebo get drug & others get placebo to see if results are consistent. It would be unethical to give drugs that might intentionally harm patients; that's why some studies stop early due to dangerous effect.

In brief: Depends on trial

Some clinical trials pit one drug against another to compare their efficacy for certain conditions.
Others pit a drug against a placebo to learn how well the drug works; then those who received placebo get drug & others get placebo to see if results are consistent. It would be unethical to give drugs that might intentionally harm patients; that's why some studies stop early due to dangerous effect.
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