personalized drugs: how do we value them?

via Eddie López

Now more than ever, the fruition of personalized drugs is upon. Can you imagine it? A world where your medicine accounts for your allergies, your genetics, and can treat things like cancer?

Using things such as nanoparticle design to work around the pharmacokinetics problem, it seems we may be on track to a solution. However, what this solution does not solve is the one of implementation: specifically, how do you assign a value to a personalized medication? Could the expense of such medicine overwhelm the health care system? How would a government ensure a proper rollout?

It will indeed be interesting to see how this all plays out, especially at a time such as this where the world is figuring out what it itself values…

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