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Common Terms to Understand When Considering a Clinical Trial


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A Placebo is a substance that looks like the drug being tested but which has NO medication in it. If the trial medication is a pill, so is the placebo. If it is a shot, so is the placebo.

Placebos are sometimes called “sugar pills.”

Placebos are used to help determine if an experimental medication works. Some people get the medication, other people get a placebo. The results are then compared to find out if the medication being studied produces a better effect than the generic version. 

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