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The search for new medicinal products is one of the major driving forces behind the development and application of new synthetic methods. This free course, Birth of a drug, focuses on a specific case study that follows the development of a drug for the treatment of high blood pressure. It is a particularly good example of the application of organic chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry, and illustrates the scientific processes that are involved in the development of any new drug.
On completion of this unit, you should be able to:
- explain the criteria that must be satisfied before starting new drug development;
- say how an understanding of the pharmaceutical background is a necessary basis for the design of the new drug;
- understand the strategies used in the research programme and how they led eventually to the development of a new drug.
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Birth of a drug
This unit examines how organic chemistry is used within the pharmaceutical industry to develop new drugs. You will investigate the process of drug development by following one new product through the intial process and research programme.
This unit is from our archive and it is an adapted extract from Organic chemistry: A synthesis approach (S344) which is no longer in presentation. If you wish to study formally at The Open University, you may wish to explore the courses we offer in this.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Chemistry courses or view the range of currently available OU Chemistry courses.
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Originally published: Friday, 13th May 2011
Last updated on: Monday, 3rd September 2012
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