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What are the 5 stages of developing a new drug?

1) Basic research to target selection

2) Pre-clinical research

3) Clinical development

4) Regulatory review

5) Postmarketing surveillance


What does basic research to target selection lead to?

The identification of a target through basic understanding of the disease

Eg. it is known that inhibiting a certain receptor has a certain effect - makes sense to look for antagonists of this receptor


What occurs in pre-clinical research?

Evaluation of drugs in animal models


What occurs in clinical development?

3 phase testing of the drugs in human patients


What are the most common drug targets?

Transport proteins


How is a lead target found?

Use the lead target to find the lead compound:

- Clone the lead target
- Using an assay, test many compounds, to test the functional activity of the target (eg. enzymatic activity if the lead target is an enzyme)

- Normally use AUTOMATED screens, which test all the compounds in a chemical library


What is a chemical library?

Why are they used in lead compound selection?

A library of molecules created by combinatorial chemistry:
- Creating MANY compounds which are all related to a 'parent' compound

Used in lead compound selection as the different compounds have slightly different shapes/properties

Therefore one may fit better into the lead target


What process is done after the lead compound is selected?



What is the need for lead optimisation?

1) Improve target specificity (reduced side effects?)

2) Improve potency

3) Improve pharmaceutical and pharmocokinetic problems
(look at potential problems of what the drug may metabolise into)

4) Reduce safety liabilities


What do the steps in pre-clinical development aim to test?

1) Genotoxicity

2) Regulatory safety evaluations

3) Non-clinical safety evaluations

4) Pharmacokinetics

5) General toxicology and animal toxicology


What is genotoxicity?

Testing the destructive effects of the drug on the cells genetic material


What is tested when testing the regulatory safety of a drug?

If the drug has any obvious behavioural effects and effects on the:

1) Respiratory system

2) CV system

3) CNS


Why can the same prediction methods not be used for small molecules and biomolecules?

- Biomolecules have different properties to small molecules

- Many post-translational modifications occur on biomolecules when they are synthesised and this can impact how they are handled in the body


What do biomolecules break-down into?

Why is this advantageous?

Amino acids by proteases

No toxic metabolites


Which takes longer to test: small molecule drugs or biomolecules?


Small molecules:

- Must test carcinogenicity, genotoxicity etc (doesn't already exist in the body)


What are the goals of non-clinical safety evaluations?

1) Time duration of the drug

2) Metabolic affects
(May produce inactive version - stay around for longer)

3) Toxicity
(Reversibility, on/off target)

4) Toxicokinetic
(toxicity to exposure)

5) Max non-toxic dose/ min affective dose

6) Dose selection for first in humans

7) Identification of specific monitoring requirements


What is the general toxicology testing?


Changes in immune system
Kidney/liver function

Large organ toxicology


Describe animal toxicology testing, when relating to SMALL MOLECULES?

- Use rodents and non-rodents (beagle)

Three dose groups tested:
- Low (non-toxic)
- Intermediate
- High (toxicology expected in target organ)


What are the differences between small molecules and biopharmaceuticals?

- Proteins from the body which are enhanced and used as drugs

Small molecule drugs:
- Synthetic (man-made) drugs which MIMICK the effect of endogenous compounds OR from biological PLANT material


Is off-target toxicology common in biopharmaceuticals?



They are broken down into NON-TOXIC amino acids
They do not enter cells


What animal models are used for testing biopharmaceuticals?

Non-human primates


What are the adverse reactions that can be caused by biopharmaceuticals? Describe them (2)

1) Exaggerated pharmacology
- May have higher specificity than expected
- Therefore, stronger reaction

2) Anti-drug antibody reaction
- May have accelerated clearance
- May have prolongation of exposure
- May neutralise the pharmacological activity


With which type of drug is there often rare and unexpected off-target?

Small molecule


What are the immunotoxicology risks of small molecule drugs?

1) Haematological change

2) Weight change

3) Infection of spleen, lymph node (histopathy - changes in tissues do to disease)


What are the immunotoxicology risks of biopharmaceutical drugs?

1) Infusion reaction (fever, chills etc)

2) Cytokine storm (organ failure)

3) Immunosupression (leave animal vunerable to other diseased)

4) Autoimmunity


What must be concluded before testing drugs in humans?

- Evidence of activity

- Maximum non-toxic dose

- Adverse effects on target organs

- Relationship of effects to dose and exposure

- Differences observed in different species

- Evaluation of risk in humans


When testing drugs on humans, what dose are they tested with?

Dilutions LESS than the lowest dose tested in animals


Who is tested in phase I of clinical trials?

Small number of HEALTHY volunteers (20-50)


What are the questions answered in phase I of clinical trials?

1) Is the drug safe

2) Is the drug well tolerated (nausea, vomiting, headache etc)

3) What are the pharmacokinetic properties?
(fully accountable throughout body, exert all response)


Who and how is tested in phase II of clinical trials?

NOT blind test on more volunteers (100-500) who HAVE the disease