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New prescription drugs don't work

18th August 2010

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has dismissed claims by a leading critic of the pharmaceutical industry that five out of six approved drugs offer "few if any new benefits" to patients.

Professor Donald Light, a sociologist and professor of comparative health policy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, suggested that large firms hyped-up patented medicines, spent vast amounts on getting doctors to prescribe them and underplayed serious side effects. But the ABPI said he was "long on accusation and woefully short on hard evidence".

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