Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Margolin and colleagues1 report that "acupuncture was not more effective
than a needle insertion or relaxation control in reducing cocaine use." In
a previous report of these data,2 however,
these authors concluded that "findings from the current study suggest that
acupuncture shows promises for the treatment of cocaine dependence." The designs
of both studies are similar, but the results are opposite. The only difference
appears to be a much larger number of patients (620 vs 82) in the more recent
study. Does that mean that the release of the earlier report was premature?
Should the investigators have waited until they enrolled more patients?
Cheng TO. Acupuncture for the Treatment of Cocaine Addiction. JAMA. 2002;287(14):1800-1802. doi:10.1001/jama.287.14.1799