Current Issues of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences

New drugs - from necessity to delivery

Curr Issues Pharm Med Sci., Vol. 31, No. 2, 69-75

Ewa Kedzierska1*, Lila Dabkowska1, Tomasz Krzanowski2, Ewa Gibula1,
Jolanta Orzelska-Gorka1, Monika Wujec2

1 Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacodynamics, Medical University of Lublin, Chodzki 4A, 20-093 Lublin, Poland
2 Department of Organic Chemistry, Medical University of Lublin, Chodzki 4A, 20-093 Lublin, Poland

DOI: 10.1515/cipms-2018-0020  10.1515/cipms-2018-0011


How to get a new drug to market? How much time does it take to go from the idea to implementation? In this study we followed the path drugs take from synthesis to introduction to the market. In doing so, articles in the PubMed and the Google Scholar database have been analyzed using the keywords: drug development, drug design, lead compound, preclinical trials, clinical trials. The available literature was subjectively selected due to its usefulness in the topic. Based on the obtained articles, we presented the stages that a would-be drug takes on the way from the idea to marketing. Herein, it is underlined that the process of creating new drugs is long, extremely labor-intensive, and involves many restrictions in the context of the use of animals, as well as humans.

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drug development, drug design, lead compound, preclinical trials, clinical trials.


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