Continued development of existing drugs ('drug rediscovery') may offer new therapeutic options and be cost-effective. Rediscovered drugs are commonly prescribed off-label, although licensing can be important to allow safe and controlled prescription of the drugs to patients. Licensing of a new indication for a generic drug, however, is a complicated process since there is no blueprint for this and there is little interest from the pharmaceutical industry due to an unattractive cost-recovery model. In this article, we illustrate the successful license-extension for thioguanine - initially developed in 1950 for leukaemia - as a new treatment for patients with inflammatory bowel disease.
|Translated title of the contribution||Continued development of drugs: the path of thioguanine|
|Journal||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|