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R&D Productivity Rides Again?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dennis LendremORCiD, Dr Clare LendremORCiD, Professor John IsaacsORCiD


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A recent analysis of R&D productivity suggests there are grounds for “cautious optimism”, that the industry “turned the corner” in 2008, and is “on the comeback trail”. We believe this analysis is flawed and most probably wrong. We present an alternative analysis of these same data to suggest that the industry is not yet “out of the woods” and suggest that many of the systemic issues affecting pharmaceutical R&D productivity are still being resolved.

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Author(s): Lendrem DW, Senn SJ, Lendrem BC, Isaacs JD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Pharmaceutical Statistics

Year: 2014

Online publication date: 22/10/2014

Acceptance date: 29/09/2014

ISSN (print): 1539-1604

ISSN (electronic): 1539-1612

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


DOI: 10.1002/pst.1653


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National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre based at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Newcastle University
602552European Union