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  • Friday, October 14, 2005

    Biotechnology has failed to live up to its promises

    From the British Medical Journal via EurekaAlert! :

    Promises of cheaper and better drugs using biotechnologies have not been met, say researchers in this week's BMJ.

    They assessed biotech products approved by the European Medicine Evaluation Agency between 1995 and 2003.

    Of 61 products licensed for therapeutic use, only 15 were for diseases without effective treatment, more effective than existing treatment, or active in patients resistant to current treatment.

    A further 22 offered limited advantages over existing products, and 24 were copycat drugs, many of which have failed to offer new options for patients and provide no cost advantage, say the authors.

    Furthermore, evaluation of these substances was not always based on rigorous methodological criteria, suggesting that commercial priorities come before the sound development of drugs in the interest of patients.

    2 Comments:

    At 10/14/2005 05:54:00 am, Blogger ~ FluxRostrum said...

    I attended and video taped the Bio Tech Protests in Philadelphia in June. You can watch on my site. There are 9 videos covering various aspects of BioTech.

     
    At 10/14/2005 10:07:00 am, Blogger DJEB said...

    Thanks a lot for that!

     

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