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Old 06-20-2019, 11:57 AM
naita is offline
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Originally Posted by SlackerInc View Post
And of course lifesaving cancer and heart disease drugs are tested by giving some sick people a placebo. When they find out the drug works, it's often because more people in the placebo group died. Was it unethical to test it that way?
That's generally not how drugs are tested for active deadly disease if there are existing treatments that give a chance of survival. Chemotherapy drugs for instance are usually tested in concert with an existing drug, or only on patients where other options have been exhausted without success. This because it's considered unethical not to give the patient the best chance of survival.

Maybe you meant the control group got "placebo and current best practice", but that's not how it read to me.