Would Aspirin be approved today?

06 March 2011

Question

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 - It's probably got too many side effects. Even though it's an effective drug, the drug companies would worry that they'd be sued because of the risk of bleeding, and that it wouldn't be commercially viable because the lawsuits would offset their profits.

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