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  • March 3, 2011
  • 08:30 AM
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Topical NSAIDs

by Scott Gavura in Science-Based Medicine

I have a mental basket of drugs that I suspect may be placebos. In that basket were the topical versions of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). When the first products were commercially marketed over a decade ago, I found the clinical evidence unconvincing, and I suspected that the modestly positive effects were probably due to simply [...]... Read more »

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