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Challenges for the Development of New Treatments for Severe Asthma: A Pharmaceutical Perspective.
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PMID:  21406057     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The pharmaceutical industry is interested in developing new treatments for severe asthma (SA), recognising that there is a substantial unmet clinical need in this area. However, it faces a significant set of barriers in attempting to do so, including a) problems arising from the way SA is defined, b) the heterogeneity of this condition, c) poor understanding of its aetiology, d) the absence of validated animal and tissue or cellular models, e) the need for biomarkers and experimental clinical models of severe asthma and its sub-groups, and f) the length and size of the clinical trials likely to be required to obtain approval and reimbursement. The discovery and validation of novel biomarkers and surrogates is likely to be a crucial part of meeting these challenges, and many academic groups and pharmaceutical companies working in this area are increasingly turning to pre-competitive, highly collaborative ways of working to address them.
Richard G Knowles
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current pharmaceutical design     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-4286     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
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Created Date:  2011-3-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9602487     Medline TA:  Curr Pharm Des     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Director, Refractory Respiratory Inflammation Biology, Respiratory Centre of Excellence for Drug Discovery, GlaxoSmithKline R & D, Gunnels Wood Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2NY, UK.
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