• What are your thoughts on the possibility of receiving the placebo during a clinical trial?

    Asked by buckhunter on Thursday, April 18, 2013

    What are your thoughts on the possibility of receiving the placebo during a clinical trial?

    I just don't like the idea of taking something that isn't medicine. How about you.

    5 Answers from the Community

    5 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I was looking at a trial before my treatment started, just in case, and when I ran across the information that I might not be getting the real medicine it concerned me. I want to be getting the real drug, even if it's experimental. A placebo isn't going to do anything.

      That's just me though. Others may have a different view.

      about 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Buckhunter,
      In oncology trials, you hardly see a placebo arm anymore. Most trials are comparison trials like drug X used alone compared to drug X in combination with drug Z. If there is a placebo arm it is a "Lazy Trial" because then all the drug company is trying to prove is that their drug works better than nothing at all. Technically, anything is better than nothing...even a piece of candy. So I would ignore a lazy trial. Join a study where a company is willing to put their drug up head to head against a competitor. Thats a study with value. Best of luck, Carm RN.

      about 4 years ago
    • buckhunter's Avatar
      buckhunter

      Thanks Carm, that's my point, I just don't want to be involved in one where I'm not getting something that could be helping. I am going to ask about that and insist I be involved with a real drug. This is if I can get in.

      about 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Buckhunter,
      When you speak with them just ask them if there is a placebo arm to the study. They have to diclose that to you, and it has to be on the informed consent as well. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      about 4 years ago
    • BobbyG's Avatar
      BobbyG

      I would rather take no medication at all. If I am going to be treated I want it to be meaningful. I know the comparative studies are common practice and produce trial numbers that Physicians just love to ponder. However, cancer is sometimes deadly and I have no time to be a test lab specimen.

      about 4 years ago

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