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More drugs originate outside the industry than it claims

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1354 (Published 04 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1354
  1. Jacqui Young
  1. 1London

Many innovative drugs, especially to treat rare diseases, originate not from large drug companies but from small enterprises or academia, a new study has shown.

The research by the European Medicines Agency shows that 44% of innovative drugs recommended for marketing authorisation in the European Union originated from small or medium sized enterprises, academia, public bodies, and public-private partnerships.1

This seems to contradict the claim by Stephen Whitehead, chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, that the industry was responsible for developing 90% of the drugs available to patients. …

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