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Scientific Papers and Patents on Substances with Unproven Effects

[ Vol. 13 , Issue. 1 ]


Sergei V. Jargin*   Pages 37 - 45 ( 9 )


It is evident from reviewing scientific literature that the quality of argumentation in some areas of medical research has deteriorated during the last decades. Publication of a series of questionable reliability has continued without making references to the published criticism; examples are discussed in this review. Another tendency is that drugs without proven efficiency are advertised, corresponding products patented and marketed as evidence-based medications. Professional publications are required to register drugs and dietary supplements to obtain permissions for the practical use; and such papers appeared, sometimes being of questionable reliability. Several examples are discussed in this review when substances without proven effects were patented and introduced into practice being supported by publications of questionable reliability. Some of the topics are not entirely clear; and the arguments provided here can induce a constructive discussion.


Placebo, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular, hormesis, antioxidants, dietary supplements.


Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Clementovski per 6-82, 115184 Moscow

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