Are the Most Heavily Marketed Drugs the Least Beneficial?

August 22, 2011

In a perfect world, doctors would not prescribe – and patients would not take – drugs that do more harm than good.

In a perfect world, doctors would not prescribe – and patients would not take – drugs that do more harm than good. But it’s complicated. The benefits and harms of drugs are determined in randomized, controlled clinical trials. For many reasons, the outcomes of such trials may not provide doctors with the information they need to decide who should take what.

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