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CDE initiates 3-year plan

HONG KONG – Lack of proper staffing is the main reason for the huge drug approval backlog at the CFDA, which topped 18,000 applications last year. Though the regulator has plans to reduce the backlog in three years, it is facing other issues beyond the staffing problem. more »


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Breaking mirror images for patients' good luck

Given the precision of chemical synthesis processes, small-molecule drugs can be a surprisingly mixed bag of molecules.

If a molecule has a chiral center, synthesis will give a mixture of two molecules that have the identical chemical composition but are mirror images of each other. Technically speaking, they are enantiomers. In the macrobiological world, a person's left and right hand are enantiomers of each other.

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