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9 old drugs that learned new tricks: The head of the National Institutes of Health shares medicines that turned out to have multiple uses9 old drugs that learned new tricks: The head of the National Institutes of Health shares medicines that turned out to have multiple uses

Posted By Brooke Borel

When you pop a pill, do you know how it works? Most modern drugs target specific molecules, interacting with disease at the molecular level. But while we know the molecular causes of roughly 4,000 diseases, a very slim 6 percent of those diseases have a safe and effective drug to treat them. Why? Because of […]

Health

7 ideas for streamlining the way we test pharmaceuticals7 ideas for streamlining the way we test pharmaceuticals

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The process for testing new drugs is clunky at best. As Susan Solomon reveals in her TED Talk, drug discovery on average takes 13 years, costs $4 billion, and has a 99% failure rate. Drugs are tested in the lab, then in animals, then in human trials that often aren’t big enough to be conclusive. (Human […]