Category: Articles

What is an Institutional Review Board (IRB)?

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee established to assist in research involving the use of human subjects. IRBs exist to review and approve any potential research before it moves on to an...

Background Insight on Clinical Trials

The process of bringing a new drug to the consumer marketplace requires extensive clinical trials. Rather than just one singular process, clinical trials are actually a series of distinctive studies that seek to gain...

The Variable Cost of Pharmaceuticals

If only one thing is certain about pharmaceuticals in the 21st century, it is the fact that you can never know what the cost of your prescription drugs might be in the near future....

The Cost of Bringing a Drug to Market

Anyone that watches television in North America is familiar with advertisements for new prescription drugs promising to help with a range of ailments, from restless leg syndrome to irritable bowel syndrome. Behind the commercials...

Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry Explained

Is there really a difference between these two fields? Many people do view the terms medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry as interchangeable. While this is understandable as both disciplines study drugs, the focus of...