Wrong. Here’s 3 reasons why an older drug might be better:
An older drug has a longer track record. Doctors, as well as their patients, have had more time to report side effects.
A newer drug has only been tested on a small groups of people - who generally don’t have other diseases or take other medications. The average number of patients for a clinical trial is 450. Older drugs have generally been prescribed to many more people with more disease and on other medications.
“Breakthrough” or “innovative” treatment might work differently than the alternatives. However, there is no guarantee that different is better. Many drugs are approved because they are as good as the affordable generic already available.
The upshot: The newer a drug is, the less we know about how well it works on real-world patients; there is uncertainty about its potential impact. Next time you are thinking of switching to the newest medication on the market, be sure and ask your doctor about these issues.
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