Question: what is the hardest thing about making new drugs?

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  1. The hardest thing is making a drug that can reach the site where it needs to work at a high enough concentration to have the desired effect without causing any other effects and that still works well in a large number of patients. A lot of drugs look good in the lab but fail in patient trials but we’re putting a lot of effort into preventing that from happening!
    Jenny

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  2. Hi EvieParker,

    Hmm good question!

    I think the hardest thing about making new drugs is working out the correct route to assemble them. Even if a synthetic route looks like it will work on paper, it can take months to try out, and even then things won’t work and you have to work out how to solve all of the problems! It took me 1 year of work to work out how to make my compounds originally!

    Steve

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