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Pharma repurposing: Old drugs, new tricks

James Nurton, London


The development of new uses for existing drugs raises complex questions about patent law, regulation, economics and health policy. James Nurton reports from a recent conference hosted by UCL and Georgetown Law School

The story of thalidomide has three chapters. The first chapter ended in tragedy. The drug was developed by German company Grünenthal in the 1950s to treat morning sickness in pregnant women. The results were devastating: 12,000 children were born with...


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