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sugar pill

A pill that does not contain medicine (and may not even contain sugar, as the term "sugar pill" is used broadly); a placebo. Some patients in the clinical trial will receive the medication, while others will receive sugar pills.
See also: pill, sugar
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The individuals whose pain decreased as a result of the sugar pill had a similar brain anatomy and psychological traits.
The assumption is that the drug will be no different than the sugar pill. The FDA puts the onus on the drug company to conduct a clinical trial to show that the drug is different from a sugar pill.
Twenty-four percent of physicians (160 of the 654 who answered) said it was very likely they'd use the sugar pill; 34% (221 of 654) said it was moderately likely But 31% (205) said it was unlikely and 10% (68) said definitely not.
Twenty-four percent of physicians (160 of the 654 who answered these questions) said it was very likely they'd use the sugar pill; 34% (221 of 654) said it was moderately likely.
The response mechanism is not well understood, but the patient's belief that the sugar pill or sham surgery is going to help him somehow triggers an inborn healing response.
This is particularly important since "satisfied users" may, in some cases, have experienced the sugar pill, or "placebo," effect.
In order to skip their periods (in other words, to create continuous birth control pills on their own), some women take their 21-day pills continuously or refrain from taking the sugar pills in the 28-day pack so they are only ever taking pills that contain hormones.