• Anticipating Drug Toxicity: data-driven drug safety with DISGENET

    Key points Flupirtine, an aminopyridine introduced in 1984 as a non-opioid analgesic for acute and chronic pain, embarked on a tumultuous journey within the medical landscape. Initially approved for broad pain management, its trajectory shifted in 2013 due to concerns over liver toxicity. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) limited its use to acute pain for […]

  • Genetics for drug and chemical risk assessment

    In recent years, there has been an increasing appreciation of the need to consider variability in human populations in evaluating health risks for new and existing chemicals. Recent policies such as The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the twenty-first Century Act (2016) require the US Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate new and existing toxic chemicals with explicit […]

  • Genetic support for FDA approvals in 2021

    Key points Human genetics and FDA drug approvals in 2021 There is compelling evidence of the value of incorporating genetic information in the drug development process. A drug target supported by genetic evidence has a 2-fold higher probability of successful clinical development compared to those targets with no genetic support [1]. A systematic analysis of FDA […]