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Kill, kill, kill! The worrying mortality of pharma pipelines

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As reported yesterday in Scrip, pharma R&D activity is on the rise, with research by Citeline showing a 7.6% rise in the total number of drugs in the industry's pipeline (scripintelligence.com, 17 September 2012). But separate research by consultancy KMR Group, which collates data provided directly by responding companies (including this year 13 top US and European pharma firms with the notable exclusion of GlaxoSmithKline), highlights the possibility that increased R&D activity may be cause for concern rather than celebration. This is because it may be translating less rather than more frequently into marketable products.

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