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The epic journey to better medicines
By UCSF School of Pharmacy Editorial Staff / Wed Jun 13, 2018
It’s a long and difficult journey from drug discovery to precise, safe, and effective therapeutics. UCSF School of Pharmacy scientists, across all three departments and in widely divergent fields, are continually questioning the status quo at key points along this route.
Read how 15 of these scientists are pushing against the frontier of disease prevention and treatment in five research areas, in the cover story of the latest issue of UCSF Magazine on Medium: 2018: A Drug Odyssey.
Follow the Journey to Better Medicines
Five of the most difficult problems UCSF scientists are solving— and how:
Problem: Identifying potential new drugs is like trying to hit a target hidden inside a massively complex, constantly moving machine — with a single tiny arrow.
Solution: Explore molecular targets in daring new ways.
Problem: Drugs travel through our bloodstreams into every corner of our bodies — both where they’re needed and where they’re not — and can cause potentially dangerous side effects
Solution: Get drugs to exactly where they’re needed.
Problem: How we live varies as much as our biological makeups; both affect the outcome of drug.
Solution: Take into account all the factors that can influence a drug’s effectiveness for each individual — from genetic heritage and lifestyle to age and weight.
Problem: Policy makers, awash with complex new medical information, face daunting challenges.
Solution: Provide them with evidence-based recommendations that prioritize patient health, safety, and access to treatments and diagnostic tests.
Problem: It takes too long to get effective new treatments to patients.
Solution: Start incrementally and locally — then apply the best solutions broadly.
Continue the journey to better medicines on Medium: 2018: A Drug Odyssey.
See the full UCSF Magazine, Summer 2018 issue here (the “2018: A Drug Odyssey” story is on page 36).
About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy is a premier graduate-level academic organization dedicated to improving health through precise therapeutics. It succeeds through innovative research, by educating PharmD health professional and PhD science students, and by caring for the therapeutics needs of patients while exploring innovative new models of patient care. The School was founded in 1872 as the first pharmacy school in the American West. It is an integral part of UC San Francisco, a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide.