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A "Relative Efficacy" System for New Drugs

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Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(3):479-480. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-73-3-479
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A new system for approving the placement of new drugs on the market, a "relative efficacy" system, is proposed. The system would insure that new drugs be not only as safe as drugs already marketed for similar indications but would also require that they be more efficacious. Such a requirement should encourage pharmaceutical manufacturers to direct their research towards the development of safe and more efficacious drugs.





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