Even with a trained eye, watching what is coming through the drug pipeline can get a little boring.
This drug is in that phase III trial; that one had promising phase III results, but probably won’t go anywhere; that third one had to be stopped because it wasn’t working. Every new drug has the potential to be amazing and will likely help someone, but reading through the deluge of New! and Exciting! promises of drugs can be an eyes-glazed-over experience.
After all, as one researcher who studied new drug approvals recently told Drug Topics, “Most often, we found that new drugs offered marginal improvements, and a surprising number offered no improvement over existing treatments at all.” There are occasional exciting and revolutionary treatments (like the promises offered by CAR-T therapy), but often the pipeline just seems … mundane.
However, if you search through the hundreds of applications claiming to be The Next Great Thing, eventually you stumble onto the strange side of the pipeline; the side with out-there drugs, strange indications, and even weirder development methods. After looking around, we found seven of the weirdest drugs we could find in the pipeline—all of them real (we promise!).
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