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Pharmaceutical product discontinuations
If a medicine causes serious adverse effects, it may be withdrawn from sale. This usually results in a lot of publicity. Many drugs, however, including some which people may have been taking for years, can be withdrawn for no obvious reason. The pharmaceutical industry has to make profits. Companies may decide to stop selling a medicine if it is no longer profitable. This can happen when a new product comes onto the market and replaces an older treatment. A medicine may also be withdrawn if the company cannot get the price it wants. Some products have been withdrawn to avoid the costs of defending claims for compensation.