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'Educated realist' should reveal her sources

• Updated Apr 12, 2017 at 1:02 PM

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter to the editor was submitted by Harold D. Erlenbach, M.D., New London:

For a medicine to be released for use, a company that has developed it must prove its effectiveness. This is done by putting the drug through a series of trials. The best type is a double blind in which neither the doctor nor the recipient knows if he or she is receiving the drug or a placebo.

Several goals are set, and at the end of the trial the patients’ responses are measured against these goals. These trials usually consist of many tests and large numbers of volunteers. The results of these trials are then published in various respected medical journals for the general medical population to learn about the medicine and it is submitted for approval by the FDA.

I am writing this in response to a previous letter in the Reflector. It would be nice if the “educated realist” would let the rest of us know of the journals from which she gained her information. These must contain results of medical marijuana tested on many patients with various illnesses which were listed in the letter. Hearsay and anecdotal reports do not count.

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