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November 2011

Medicine war

 
The NHS has come under criticism for spending nearly £25m a year on supplies of Cipralex, an expensive anti-depressant drug.

However, an investigation commissioned by The Independent and carried out by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, discovered the difference in content and effectiveness to the older anti-depressant drug Cipramil was negligible.

The investigation found that Cipramil was at least £12 cheaper than Cipralex and that there was little evidence of a clear clinical advantage to buying the newer patent drug.

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