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Novartis tried to undermine publicly funded trials of Avastin in AMD, says BMJ

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In the latest round of the sparring over whether Roche's Avastin (bevacizumab) should be used off-label in place of Novartis's more expensive Lucentis (ranibizumab) in wet age-related macular degeneration, the British Medical Journal has published a series of articles suggesting that Novartis hindered UK public clinical trials comparing the two drugs in order to maintain sales of Lucentis.



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