Drug Developers Need to More Fully Identify and Address Root Causes of R&D Inefficiency, According to Tufts Center for the Study

Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development: January 8, 2013

BOSTON — Jan. 8, 2013 — While patent expirations on many top selling medicines is spurring the research-based drug industry to embrace new development paradigms to replenish sparse R&D pipelines, drug developers need to more fully identify and address root causes of R&D inefficiency, according to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development.

“Many companies are taking steps to improve clinical success rates and reduce the cost of new product development, including utilizing enhanced clinical trial designs, making greater use of biomarkers, and adopting sophisticated statistical analyses,” said Tufts CSDD Director Kenneth I Kaitin. “It’s a good start, but in a world shaped by increased patent expirations, diminished cash flow, and fewer promising breakthrough products, companies will need to hone their efforts to streamline development.” Read more