Tuesday, October 20, 2015

There is a moral here somewhere

What is that moral I can't quite recall? The tortoise and the hare? But not the early bird gets the worm.

Once a new drug is developed, there is a rush to get it to the market to help as many as possible. Patients who are very ill who might benefit from the new drug are quick to request access to it. But time is telling us that:
  1. Rushing drugs through approvals isn't necessarily the best idea. The side effects and additional issues caused to patients actually cause more cost to the health care system and do not necessarily help the patients.
  2. The drug developers are supposed to continue their research but do not always comply.
  3. The FDA is not equipped to monitor the drug developers and review their additional study results.
So rushing the drugs through approval is not a good thing. Slow and steady wins the race here. But not too slow. Yes research studies take time but there has to be a happy medium to get drugs to market sooner with out risks to patients and additional costs. The tortoise did keep moving steadily to get there in theend.

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