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How are new drugs developed and tested?

16/02/2022

Many thousands of new drugs are developed every year. Before these can be administered by doctors and hospitals, they must undergo a thorough development and testing process. Drug development (also known as pharmaceutical product development) is a lengthy process, involving several important steps to ensure the drug is effective, safe and beneficial. It takes several […]

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Rare Disease Day 2022: Huntington’s Disease

11/02/2022

Huntington’s Disease is a genetically inherited disorder which affects the nervous system, causing progressive changes in movement, learning, thinking and emotions. It affects both men and women and although it is not prevalent in any specific population, Huntington’s Disease affects between 3 and 7 in 100,000 people of European ancestry globally*, making it a rare […]

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Rare Disease Day 2022: Niemann-Pick Disease

10/02/2022

Niemann-Pick Disease is a genetic disorder caused by autosomal recessive mutations in genes relating to lipid metabolism. The condition presents in childhood as a progressive inability to metabolise fats within cells, resulting in a build-up of fat within the cells.  Over time this causes progressive developmental and neurological problems. Many organs can be affected including […]

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Women in Science: Interview

10/02/2022

Karen McCusker, Associate Director in Marketing at Simbec-Orion, speaks to Dr Debra Davies and Romillie Cruz at Simbec-Orion on their experience of being women in science. I’m not sure where my interest in medicine came from or when it started. I often wonder if it was something to do with being diagnosed with asthma as […]

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What Are the Three Stages Of Clinical Trials?

03/02/2022

Clinical trials involve a series of studies that test the safety and effectiveness of drugs and other medical treatments. To ensure research is carried out thoroughly and safely, there are several different stages of clinical trials. In order to make sure the treatment is safe and effective for use in patients, it must successfully pass […]

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Types Of Signal In Pharmacovigilance

03/02/2022

Pharmacovigilance is concerned with detecting the possible risks associated with a drug or treatment. Risks are monitored and assessed throughout the development and post-market phase. The aim of this is to determine the safety profile of the drug, identifying any potential adverse reactions and side effects that the drug may cause. Additionally, any beneficial reactions […]

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What’s the difference between Phase 2 and Phase 3 Clinical Trials?

10/01/2022

In previous years, pharmacology and clinical trials were topics which mainly interested medical professionals, rather than the public. However, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a growing interest in clinical trials, alongside the development of the vaccine. As a global community, we have been  able to see the development, testing, and […]

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