Drug repurposing: progress, challenges and recommendations


Drug repurposing: progress, challenges and recommendations

Drug repurposing: progress, challenges and recommendations, Published online: 12 October 2018; doi:10.1038/nrd.2018.168

Drug repurposing — a strategy for identifying new uses for approved or investigational drugs that are outside the scope of the original medical indication — has the potential for greater success rates and reduced costs compared with developing entirely new drugs. Pirmohamed and colleagues present approaches used for drug repurposing, discuss the challenges faced by the repurposing community and recommend innovative ways by which these challenges could be addressed.

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