Posts tagged Medicine
On the dark side of medicine access

Being a molecular biologist with a PhD degree in my own genetic condition has already helped me to understand many aspects of the ultra-rare disease, erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP). Moreover, having contributed to the development of the first safe and effective treatment for EPP, and having even tested it myself, made me a suitable candidate for patient representation during the approval proceedings for "afamelanotide" at the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

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Exploring the appropriate use of animals within drug development

Many thousands, likely millions, of animals are used each year worldwide to test the safety of potential new medicines - work that is critical for the protection of healthy volunteers and patients if these new medicines proceed to clinical testing and further into widespread use. These toxicology tests are regulated by international guidelines, however, scientists are constantly looking for ways of improving the predictivity and human-relevance of the data packages.

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