You need to have JavaScript enabled to view this video clip.


New drugs that might save or improve our lives are continually being discovered. To test if they have any side effects they must first be trialled on humans.

Doctors on a clinical trail for a drug to treat osteoporosis speak about the scientific method behind the process. A doctor also explains the importance of the placebo in the trial.
This clip is from:
First broadcast:
2 March 2007

Classroom Ideas

This clip can be used in one of two ways. Firstly it illustrates very clearly how a human drug trial is completed. It could be used as an explanation of this step in the process of drug development. This clip could also be used to illustrate what the placebo effect and fair testing are. Teachers could simply ask their class to identify these two aspects from the clip and review at the end. This could be extended to consider the ethics of testing on animals or homeopathic remedies that do not go through the testing regime.