A husband-and-wife team are pushing the FDA to get readable quantitative data about drugs to doctors and patients, reports NPR. As an example, the team developed a drug facts box for Lunesta.
Two columns compare people with insomnia who took Lunesta and people with insomnia who, unknowingly, took a sugar pill.
The results? Those who used Lunesta took 30 minutes to fall asleep. Those who got a sugar pill took 45 minutes — a difference of 15 minutes. Those who took Lunesta stayed asleep 37 minutes longer than those who took a sugar pill.
Woloshin and Schwartz say some people might consider those benefits worth taking the drug, and some might not.