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July 22, 2011
A Few More Victories Like This, And We Will Be Undone
AstraZeneca has a lot of problems these days, so you'd think that approval of their new anticoagulant Brilinta would be reason for the company to celebrate. Not much, though - see this post at InVivoBlog for more.
A lot of companies have piled into this space over the last ten years, seeking some of those huge, huge Plavix-style revenues. But blood thinning is a tricky business. One step over the line and you're causing more problems than you're helping. And given the heterogeneity of the patient population, you never quite know where that line is going to be. By this point, too, any new therapy is going to have to compete with the generic of tried-and tested Plavix pretty soon. No, anticoagulants of all sorts don't seem to making anyone as rich as they were supposed to. King Pyrrhus would understand perfectly.
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