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IRF unimpressed by Lundbeck and Novo

The Institute for Rational Pharmacotherapy (IRF) questions the efficacy of two newly launched drugs from Lundbeck and Novo Nordisk respectively. But the assessments are not surprising, says an analyst.

Lundbeck’s pill Selincro for the treatment of alcohol dependence did not win general reimbursement from the Danish Health and Medicines Authority last month, and according to IRF there is a very good reason for that. The efficacy is simply not good enough, says the institute.

“It is the overall assessment of the IRF that nalmefen (the active substance in Selincro, ed.) could be an option for some patients, for whom non-pharmacological efforts have shown an inadequate effect. But it should be noted that the effect of nalmefen is modest and only clinically relevant in patients with a considerable alcohol dependence,” the IRF writes.

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