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To develop a new medicine it is important to understand how the human body works and how it is affected by a particular disease. A successful medicine treats hundreds of thousands or even millions of patients. It also makes money for the pharmaceutical company which in turn enables them to carry out research into more new medicines to treat more diseases. For any medicine to be successful it must be:
When new medical treatments are being tested there are a number of ways the trials can be run. These include:
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