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Novartis withdraws European application for 'personalised' lumiracoxib

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Novartis' efforts to revive its COX-2 inhibitor lumiracoxib under a new brand name, and with the risk of hepatotoxicity that killed the drug in its original incarnation muted by a companion diagnostic, have stumbled in Europe after the company withdrew an application for centralised approval of what is now known as Joicela.

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