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[Correspondence] Pharmacological treatments for generalised anxiety disorder

05 Oct 2019

The network meta-analysis by April Slee and colleagues1 studied the effect of 22 drugs for the treatment of generalised anxiety disorder and showed that several drugs were effective and well tolerated. We, however, consider that the inclusion of 16 randomised controlled trials from China in this network meta-analysis is highly questionable. Only one2 of these trials was registered on a clinical trial registry platform and provided evidence of ethical approval. Ten trials were published by Chinese predatory journals; these journals tend to accept articles with no or inappropriate peer review, meaning that any study can be published as long as the publication fee is paid.

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