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October 8, 2009
Hoist, Petard, Etc.
Hmmm. As a colleague just pointed out to me, I've spent some time here defending "me-too" drugs. And just this morning (see the previous post) I take off after what can only be described as "me-too reactions", saying that I don't see the use for so many of them.
Well! The only defense I can offer (until I think of a better one) is that there is no drug category so populated as the aldoxime-to-nitrile conversion is in synthetic chemistry (or acetal formation/deprotection, desilylation, or the other categories I spoke of in that other post). I suppose I might have a tougher time standing up for me-too drugs if there were (say) twenty-nine statins on the market. But still. . ."I'd better put up a post on that", I said. "Better you than someone with a funny pseudonym in your comments section", came the reply.
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