Education before Participation: What is a placebo?

A placebo is an inactive pill, liquid, or powder that has no treatment value. In clinical trials, experimental treatments are often compared with placebos to assess the treatment's effectiveness. In some studies, the participants in the control group will receive a placebo instead of an active drug or treatment.

Have you ever been placed in a placebo group in a trial?

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  • My wife refuses to enter a Phase 3 trial when there is the possibility of getting a placebo. Why? She progresses very fast and should she get a placebo she would probably die in the trial.

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