Human guinea pigs speed up drug development

时间:2019-03-02 05:05:00166网络整理admin

GIVING people drugs before they have been thoroughly tested in animals sounds like madness. But it could help speed up drug development. The idea, called microdosing, is to give volunteers tiny doses of potential drugs that pose no health risk but reveal where and when a substance goes in the body and how fast it is broken down. “It avoids selection of compounds that look good in animals but end up useless,” says Jeremy Hague of Xceleron, a UK-based company offering microdosing services. The approach is attracting increasing interest from the pharmaceutical industry,