Bright Idea, Dim Design
What’s convenient for manufacturers does not always result in a product that’s best for patients. In fact, sometimes it’s quite the opposite.
Richard Fazackerley |
A recent report from the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development estimated the cost of developing a new drug at $2.6 billion (1) – a figure that has more than doubled in the last decade. Yet despite the huge sums being spent on research and development, the pharmaceutical industry does not always develop products and dosage forms that are fit for purpose.
I have spent a large part of my career working at the interface between manufacturing and development, bringing new products to market, and I can honestly say that I learn more about product design from patients than from anyone else. There is no question that those working in the industry are involved and committed, but we need to do more to ensure medicines are designed to meet the needs of patients, not industry.
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