Critics question FDA's endorsement of colchicine rival

01/18/2010 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Several rheumatologists and patient advocates are criticizing the FDA for granting market exclusivity to a rival of colchicine, an unapproved but widely used treatment for gout and familial Mediterranean fever. While the agency cited safety concerns as a reason for endorsing URL Pharma's Colcrys, opponents argued that the brand-name drug is no better or safer than the cheaper formulations and is much more expensive.

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