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  •  Uh... huh. (4+ / 0-)
    If it's ineffective, it won't remain in use for any length of time.
    How long were leeches common medical practice?

    How long has 'Sudafed+', the replacement for Sudafed when that got moved behind the pharmacy counter, been out? When there is a great deal of evidence that it has no effect whatsoever? (And the only evidence that it has any effect orally are some very dubious studies by the manufacturer. It was originally intended as a nasal spray, and was marginally useful even there, but orally it does nothing and everyone in the industry knows it.)

    How long have people been using homeopathic remedies, for that matter?

    There is no 'try and fail' thing here. The company decides that it sounds reasonable, and starts using it. They don't have any embezzlement for a year, and they think 'it must be working'! If they do have embezzlement, they go and look at the credit report and think, 'hm, well, it didn't catch HIM but it might catch the next guy'. Companies can't do double-blind research studies on their employees, so they just try to follow best practices, which currently include, for no reason, credit checks.

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