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Drug development process: combating pain
Drug development process: combating pain

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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • appreciate the intrinsic difficulties associated with developing a drug molecule from conception into a medicine suitable for clinical use

  • appreciate how molecular modelling can be used in the drug discovery process

  • understand the historical background to pain control

  • understand that opioids, steroids and NSAIDs all work at the molecular level

  • appreciate that anti-inflammation drug discovery requires a detailed understanding of the biochemical processes that constitute the inflammatory response.