‘Medicijnen werken niet op meeste patiënten’

Mocht er nog een greintje vertrouwen zijn in de capaciteiten van de farmaceutische industrie, dan verdwijnt het wel na het lezen van deze ‘bekentenissen’ van een van de hoogste bestuurders van GlaxoSmithKline.


“Het grootste gedeelte van de medicijnen – meer dan 90 procent – werkt maar bij 30-50% van de patiënten”.


Pikant detail: Glaxo is verkoper van nicotineafkickmiddelen als Nicorette en Zyban.


A senior executive with Britain’s biggest drugs company has admitted that most preion medicines do not work on most people who take them.


Allen Roses, worldwide vice-president of genetics at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), said fewer than half of the patients prescribed some of the most expensive drugs actually derived any benefit from them.


It is an open secret within the drugs industry that most of its products are ineffective in most patients but this is the first time that such a senior drugs boss has gone public.


Drugs for Alzheimer’s disease work in fewer than one in three patients, whereas those for cancer are only effective in a quarter of patients. Drugs for migraines, for osteoporosis, and arthritis work in about half the patients, Dr Roses said. Most drugs work in fewer than one in two patients mainly because the recipients carry genes that interfere in some way with the medicine, he said.


“The vast majority of drugs – more than 90 per cent – only work in 30 or 50 per cent of the people,” Dr Roses said. “I wouldn’t say that most drugs don’t work. I would say that most drugs work in 30 to 50 per cent of people. Drugs out there on the market work, but they don’t work in everybody.”


The Independent

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