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October 11, 2011
Too Many Cancer Drugs? Too Few? About Right?
According to Bruce Booth (@LifeSciVC on Twitter), Ernst & Young have estimated the proportion of drugs in the clinic in the US that are targeting cancer. Anyone want to pause for a moment to make a mental estimate of their own?
Well, I can tell you that I was a bit low. The E&Y number is 44%. The first thought I have is that I'd like to see that in some historical perspective, because I'd guess that it's been climbing for at least ten years now. My second thought is to wonder if that number is too high - no, not whether the estimate is too high. Assuming that the estimate is correct, is that too high a proportion of drug research being spent in oncology, or not?
Several factors led to the rise in the first place - lots of potential targets, ability to charge a lot for anything effective, an overall shorter and more definitive clinical pathway, no need for huge expensive ad campaigns to reach the specialists. Have these caused us to overshoot?
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