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Fixing a broken drug development process

John Holland


It costs about $1.2 billion to bring a single new drug to market in the U.S. today.[1] With a combination of high late-stage failure rates and the high cost of drug trials, the number of new drugs being approved by the FDA has flat-lined at historically low levels, falling from 53 in 1996 to just 19 in 2009.[2] If the cost of drug trials doesn’t come down, we will see far fewer new drugs on pharmacy shelves.

[1] Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Profile 2009. Washington, DC: PhRMA.

[2] Hughes B. 2009 Drug Approvals. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery 9, 89-92 (February 2010)


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