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New Technologies Give Older Drugs a Makeover

By Peter Winter
Editor

Monday, October 22, 2012

The disappointing returns on biopharmaceutical research and development, despite the availability of advanced molecular technologies and the investment of billions of dollars, is forcing companies to a re-evaluate their business plans. One idea that appears to be coming back into vogue again is the strategy of giving older drugs a makeover. Reformulating and repurposing older drugs for new uses or improved versions is more attractive than developing a drug from scratch.

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