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Dr. Bruce Bloom

August 2018

Drug repurposing has been a part of therapy discovery in medicine for as long as there have been drugs- even before the arrival of commercial "drugs" - when healers first repurposed nature's compounds for medical purposes. For this article we will define repurposing as testing drugs that are already approved for human use to find new uses in new diseases.

Repurposed therapies used by physicians often resulted from some type of serendipity, which curious physicians and scientists examined further. Their observations were clinically tested, and the results were published for off-label use or commercialization of the repurposed therapies. Other repurposed therapies arose from desperate attempts by physicians and scientists to find anything that could help suffering patients, as was the case with many repurposed cancer therapies. Read the full article here

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