Placebo pills for children

Kamerow, Douglas
June 2008
BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);6/14/2008, Vol. 336 Issue 7657, p1339
Academic Journal
The author reflects on a placebo sugar pill called Obecalp which was developed by Efficacy Brands and is intended to help mildly ill children feel better. He suggests that while there may be situations where it could be appropriate for a physician to administer a placebo there aren't situations where it would be appropriate for parents to do the same. He argues that a placebo pill for children seems like a bad idea, however well intentioned it may be.


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