new drug

noun

Definition of new drug

: a drug that has not been declared safe and effective by qualified experts under the conditions prescribed, recommended, or suggested in the label and that may be a new chemical formula or an established drug prescribed for use in a new way

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Recent Examples on the Web Monitoring the safety of Covid-19 vaccines, especially those relying on novel technologies such as messenger RNA, will be one of the biggest challenges once shots are rolled out widely, according to Europe’s new drug agency chief. Suzi Ring, Bloomberg.com, "EU’s New Drug Agency Head Warns of Vaccine Safety Challenges," 16 Nov. 2020 The company held talks with the FDA and submitted a new drug application, which the agency has fast-tracked with priority review. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "FDA will decide fate of contentious Alzheimer's drug. The stakes 'could not be higher.'," 6 Nov. 2020 ExoFlo, developed by Direct Biologics in Austin, is an investigational new drug in the treatment of patients with severe respiratory distress brought on by COVID-19. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "FDA approves new COVID-19 drug treatment from Austin," 19 Oct. 2020 This would mean the creation of a new drug for treating COVID-19. David Meyer, Fortune, "Researchers find a ‘druggable pocket’ in coronavirus that could lead to new antivirals," 22 Sep. 2020 The last new drug was approved in 2003, and none of them address the specific disease process of Alzheimer’s. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "F.D.A. Panel Declines to Endorse Controversial Alzheimer’s Drug," 6 Nov. 2020 Investors are pumping billions of dollars into biotechnology startups and paying skyrocketing prices for their stakes in the most-promising new drug companies. Brian Gormley, WSJ, "Investors Pump Billions into Biotech Startups, Pay Skyrocketing Prices," 22 Oct. 2020 This results in long timelines (10-15 years), excessive costs ($160 million to $2.6 billion) and extremely high failure rates (87% to 97%), just to develop a single new drug. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Homestead grad won a $50,000 scholarship for his artificial intelligence-based approach to medication development," 21 Oct. 2020 Public health authorities have issued warnings about a new drug called purple heroin which is tied to overdoses in the Upper Peninsula and the death of one person in west Michigan. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "Purple heroin and a new opioid drug may be Michigan's next big threat," 15 Oct. 2020

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circa 1951, in the meaning defined above

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“New drug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/new%20drug. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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new drug

noun

Medical Definition of new drug

: a drug that has not been declared safe and effective by qualified experts under the conditions prescribed, recommended, or suggested in the label and that may be a new chemical formula or an established drug prescribed for use in a new way

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