Volume 87 Issue 21 | p. 25 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 18, 2009

NIH To Develop Drug Pipeline For Rare Diseases

Department: Government & Policy

NIH plans to invest $24 million a year for the next five years to jump-start an agency-wide effort called Therapeutics for Rare & Neglected Diseases (TRND). The initiative is expected to create within NIH a pipeline of new treatments for such diseases. The agency defines rare diseases as those that afflict fewer than 200,000 Americans. NIH estimates that there are more than 6,800 rare diseases, but only about 200 of them have effective pharmacologic treatments. . . .

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