1-5 Newer is not necessarily better

New treatments are often assumed to be better simply because they are new or because they are more expensive. However, they are only very slightly likely to be better than other available treatments. Some side effects of treatments, for example, take time to appear and it may not be possible to know whether they will appear without long term follow-up.

A treatment should not be assumed to be beneficial and safe simply because it is new, brand-named or expensive.

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