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The University of Texas at Austin

Take Your Medicine - The Impact of Drug Development

The University of Texas at Austin via edX

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*Note - This is an Archived course*

Everyone gets sick. Thanks to medical innovations in the past 50 years, many diseases and conditions have been either mitigated or even cured through medicine. How does a research innovation turn into a therapeutic medicine that health care providers prescribe to patients? This course explores the process, challenges and issues in developing pharmaceutical products. Drug development is a dynamic field where innovation and entrepreneurship are necessary to keep up with health care expectations, strict regulations and tightening development budgets. An overview of drug development, approval, and consumer issues will be presented and discussed in the context of research practices, science, marketing, public welfare and business. Participants from all backgrounds and interest, including scientists, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs and the general public, are encouraged to participate.

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Taught by

Dr. Janet Walkow and Dr. Alan Watts


4.7 rating, based on 3 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    An eye-opening course on the drug development process, parties involved, politics, and quality of the product.

    There are no drugs without side effects, the drugs we consume are safe in a sense that benefits outweigh the known risk. Then there are regulations, commercialization, and protection of intellectual properties, as well as worldwide problem of counterfeiting of drugs. If nothing else, listening to the experts, motivates to developing healthy habits and avoiding taking pills as long as one can afford it.
  • Anonymous
    Hours of interesting lectures by the impressive speakers from pharmacists, physicians to government regulators and entrepreneurs. I also had a chance to practice what I learnt by doing homework assignments and the labs, Many thanks to Dr. Janet Walkow and her team for making such a great course. Highly recommend.

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