Posted by pharmrep on August 20, 2002, at 0:06:06
In reply to Re: Lexapro is no different from Celexa, posted by Patson on August 19, 2002, at 23:10:54
> I might guess that you sound an awful lot like a friend of mine who is a glaxo rep.... He's been telling me the same thing....
> > The Danish Institute for Rational Pharmacotherapy has reviewed all of the available data comparing Lexapro and Celexa and has concluded there is no convincing evidence for any difference in tolerability, efficacy, or anything else. This is the only other independent review of the data apart from Micromedex I am aware of. It is only those linked with the manufacturers of Lexapro that are talking it up, and the only two independent reviews come to the same conclusion - there is no real difference. The story is on the Reuters news website.
> ** I have never seen so much hype. I dont know what the Danes are looking at. There are 9 studies so far, and every one shows Lexapro at an advantage. There are more studies on the way...most new drugs only look at placebo, but Lex did head to head right away...do you really think Forest would hang its hat on a drug 3 years before a proven winner (Celexa) if it wasnt better?
PS your Glaxo rep just went through what your describing...paxil cr is the same molecule as paxil...only a lower dose, and different delivery...but the same drug---exactly the same (and passed FDA 3 years ago, but was only released this year..when 1st paxil expires..hows that for patent beat!)..Lexapro is not the same as Celexa... stop the hype and read the studies on your own before making an "informed" decision for yourself.