EU Regulators Contradict Germany's Assessment Of Pfizer Anti-Depressant
A recent ruling by the European Medicines Agency that the benefit-risk profile of Pfizer Inc.'s antidepressant Endronax (reboxetine) was positive contradicts the outcome of a similar assessment a year ago by German health technology assessment body IQWiG, which had rubbished the drug as “ineffective and potentially harmful.” But it’s far from clear that Pfizer will now have any chance to resurrect the drug in Germany, however.
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