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Ethics Group Gives Qualified Nod to Placebos

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Science  14 Feb 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5609, pp. 995-997
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5609.995b

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BERLIN-- A European ethics body has said that placebo-controlled trials can sometimes be justified in developing countries, even when proven treatments are available in wealthy countries. The statement departs from more stringent standards on placebos laid out in the Declaration of Helsinki, a document that sets worldwide standards for clinical research ethics.