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[e-drug] placebo controlled studies in psychiatry? (2)

E-DRUG: placebo controlled studies in psychiatry? (2)

Dear Dr Blockman,

Regulatory authorities generally inist to bring prove that a new drug for 
use in psychiatry is at least better than placebo. I fully agree with this, 
except when it concerns depression. I am of the opinion that placebo 
controlled studies in depression are unethical. 

For other diagnoses you will always find a study design which permits the use 
of placebo for some length of time without becoming unethical. Many years ago, 
I developed several psychiatric drugs with multinationals, including three 
antidepressant drugs. 

I am not aware of any specific publications on this subject.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. F.H. Jansen

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