What is an orphan drug

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Aravindsai's picture

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Drugs which are used to treat rare medical disorders (called as orphan diseases) are called orphan drugs. Huntington's disease, myoclonus, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), Tourette syndrome, and muscular dystrophy are classified as orphan diseases in US and drugs for treating these diseases are called Orphan drugs. As very less people face these diseases, Industries might not generate good revenue for these as a result they show less interest in their research, As a result they are named as orphan drugs For more information refer to orphan drug act: http://www.fda.gov/RegulatoryInformation/Legislation/FederalFoodDrugandC...

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Aravindsai

Francine's picture

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An orphan drug is a pharmaceutical agent that is used to treat a health issue that is very rare. Due to its low medical potential market, these drugs are not produced or promote in large quatities. Ref: http://www.orpha.net/consor/www/cgi-bin/Education_AboutOrphanDrugs.php?l...

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