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Would Aspirin be approved today?

Sun, 6th Mar 2011

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Question

@Whittlesford asked:

Given Aspirin's side effects, do you think it would be approved it was discovered as a new drug today?

Answer

We posed this question to Professor Peter Rothwell from the University of Oxford...

Peter -   No.

Chris -   Why?

Peter -   Itís probably got too many side effects.  Even though itís an effective drug, the drug companies would worry that they'd be sued because of the risk of bleeding, and that it wouldnít be commercially viable because the lawsuits would offset their profits.

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