Tag: Pharmaceuticals

  • Thalidomide Tragedy: Horror Drug or Miracle?

    Thalidomide Tragedy: Horror Drug or Miracle?

    The thalidomide tragedy was the biggest “man-made disaster apart from war”. This molecule’s structure looks simple and innocent, but a chiral carbon gives rise to two enantiomers with different pharmacological effects. While one isomer was a safe sedative, the other one led to limb malformations in thousands of babies. We will check out how this…

  • This Obesity Drug Tricks Your Body Into Burning Fat (Exercise Mimetics)

    This Obesity Drug Tricks Your Body Into Burning Fat (Exercise Mimetics)

    Are you tired of dieting or pounding the pavement like David Goggins just to shed a few pounds? Imagine a future medicine that could mimic the benefits of literally running for days. Weight loss meds like Ozempic have been sending shockwaves through Hollywood and Wall Street. Advocacy by famous figures went viral on social media,…

  • Are New Drugs Really Better Than Existing Ones?

    Are New Drugs Really Better Than Existing Ones?

    You probably know that drugs can get very expensive. What do you think – what percentage of new drugs actually provide significant therapeutic benefit compared to existing treatments? And do you think that drugs with a low clinical benefit are indeed priced any cheaper than highly beneficial ones? Beyond drug prices, we will also talk…

  • World’s Most Expensive Drug: Greedy or Fair?

    World’s Most Expensive Drug: Greedy or Fair?

    What is the most expensive drug in the world? Imagine a single dose of medicine priced at $3.5 MILLION. Since the approval of the gene therapy Hemgenix in late 2022, this is a reality. This eye-popping price is easy to scrutinize, especially if you know the truth behind most newly approved drugs. Drug manufacturers think…