Although definitions of rare disease vary, most acknowledge that there are small numbers of affected patients compared with other conditions. Small numbers of patients, overlapping involvement of investigators as researchers and caregivers, as well as close relationships between researchers and manufacturers require a different pattern of drug development. Regulatory guidances for rare diseases are available, as well as ones for specific rare diseases. Maintaining drug supply for rare diseases also demands innovative approaches.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pharmacology (medical)