Repurposing Generic Drugs Can Reduce Time and Cost to Develop New Treatments – But Low Profitability Remains a Barrier

April 6, 2022

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Presented by The Conversation

Discovering new uses for drugs is often done deliberately, but it can also come about by chance, as evidenced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jonathan Sexton, assistant professor of internal medicine and medicinal chemistry at U-M, shares insights on the potential of repurposing drugs, the challenges this process poses, and the commercialization landscape. Sexton provides an example of a successful drug repurpose and discusses the repurposing approaches taken during the pandemic while highlighting some of his recent research and findings.

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