Reverend Rob brings this article to my attention. Doctors prescribing placebos, often because the patient insists on getting something. I'm currently leaning towards this being fraud. I can understand a few times for particularly troublesome hypochondriacs, but nothing extensive. One direction I'd like to spread some of the blame is all the advertisements both alties and pharmaceutical companies (but especially alties) show to imply health requires only popping the right pills.
One minor annoyance with the article itself: Labeling the placebo effect as a "mystery."