Medicines are now also being tested on children and the elderly
A Dutch test institute for drug young children, the elderly with dementia and psychiatric patients bets to find out if the medications help and or they don’t cause serious side effects.
That said Adam Cohen, director of the Centre for Human Drug Research (CHDR) in an interview with the Pharmaceutical Weekblad, which Friday appears.
Until now these groups of people are not, or hardly any tests have been done. Medicines are now mainly tested on young, healthy men.
“The more realistic the patient is, the more difficult that is accessible. With the old approach, problems with medicines not to the top,” says Cohen.
Dozens of young subjects, new means testing for skin diseases, such as acne and eczema.
“We also began testing of a drug against Alzheimer’s disease with healthy people of 25 years. After that, we will do that in healthy people of seventy years, than in people with slight memory problems, and eventually, patients with Alzheimer’s disease,” says Cohen.