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Tough Placebo Rules Leave Scientists Out in the Cold

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Science  11 Jan 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5553, pp. 264
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5553.264

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RIO DE JANEIRO-- Brazil's federal research ethics commission is opposed to the use of placebos in international trials, despite a shifting stance by the World Medical Association. Many Brazilian mental health researchers are complaining that their ability to keep up with the field has been compromised. But Brazilian officials say they have no plans to modify their position, which stands at one extreme in an ongoing global debate over the use of placebos.