Safer Medicines

In 2005, the Academy, through its FORUM, re-examined present methods of assessing drug safety and to make recommendations that might secure improvements.

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The development of a drug that is both safe and efficacious is a complex and challenging process.

In 2005, the Academy, through its FORUM , re-examined present methods of assessing drug safety and to make recommendations that might secure improvements. The project was distinctive on several counts: it brought together interested parties from industry, academia and the regulatory agencies; addressed issues relevant to both pre-clinical and clinical disciplines; and covered biological as well as chemically synthesised products.

A total of seven working groups were set up and produced reports looking at various areas in the safety assessment of drugs. More than sixty leading scientists, including Academy Fellows and many others, were involved in the production of the Safer Medicines report.

The regulation of drugs is an ongoing area of work for the Academy under its regulation of health research strand.

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