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The Empowerment of the Rare Disease Patient

The stakeholders in healthcare in the developed world are conventionally divided into three ‘P’ words: patients, payers and pharmaceutical companies. In addition, there are a couple of other more minor players, namely physicians and pharmacists. Recent developments have, however, dramatically increased the importance and changed the role of one of these participants, the patient community.

Nuts-to-soup R&D: does repurposing change the order of R&D studies?

Pharmaceutical R&D does not always start with soup and end with nuts, although by analogy this is the classic route followed by what is now the large multinational sector of the industry. A shortcut version of the full programme is followed by generics companies and specialty pharma, who prefer to delay until the entrée is […]

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