Thursday, February 2, 2012

Placebos for Patients?

Is it ethical to prescribe a placebo for a patient?
Jim deMaine, MD
Kevin MD
February 2, 2012

Our formulary at that time (a number of years ago) carried a “drug” called Obecalp. As you might have guessed this is Placebo spelled backwards and was doled out now and then but I had never prescribed it. Nancy begged me to try it for her Mom, “It can’t do any harm, why not? I know doctors don’t want to deceive patients, but I’m desperate and so’s Mom!”



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