GPs often prescribe 'placebo' drugs

Most GPs regularly prescribe drugs which they know won't help their patient, a UK survey finds, prompting concern about potential side effects and possible ethical violations.

More than 75% of GPs in the survey said they presribed a patient placebo medicines on at least one occasion each week, with 97% admitting to doing it at some point in their career.

Examples, dubbed "impure placebos" by the researchers, included antibiotics for suspected viral infections, probiotics