Study: New Pfizer Drug No Better Than Old
When it comes to anti-infective drugs, Pfizer (PFE) is finding out that newer doesn't necessarily mean better -- even if it costs more.
That's the theme of a recent research article and editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, showing that Pfizer's antifungal Eraxis works no better than a cheaper generic antifungal called fluconazole.
Although prices of Eraxis and similar brand-name antifungals have "dropped substantially," they remain "several-fold higher than that of generic fluconazole," says the editorial. "There is absolutely no justification for abandoning fluconazole, given its safety, overall efficacy and low cost."
The editorial and research article, both issued late Wednesday afternoon, are rich with irony. Fluconazole is the generic name for Pfizer's Diflucan, and Eraxis was seen
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