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Benefits of Edronax use in healthcare plans to treat depression called into question

Published on 15/10/2010
Use of the drug reboxetine in healthcare plans for sufferers of depression could be a thing of the past following the results of a new study.

According to researchers from the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, reboxetine, better known under its brand name Edronax, is no better than a placebo in treating depression and could be potentially harmful.

They studied results from a number of published and unpublished trials to conclude the drug is largely ineffective.

Furthermore, writing in the British Medical Journal, they accused manufacturer Pfizer of failing to disclose the results of trials which expose Edronax's inadequacies.

"Our comparison of published and unpublished trials confirmed this assumption: the positive benefit-risk ratio of reboxetine in the published literature was changed to a negative ratio if unpublished trials were added to the analysis," the researchers said.

Edronax has been available via prescription in the UK for 13 years having been approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

However, the US licensing authority, the Food and Drugs Administration refused it a licence in 2001.
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