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Science  02 Dec 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6316, pp. 1111
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaj1906

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The discovery, development, and registration of new drugs is a complicated and protracted process, often taking more than 10 years. It is also quite expensive, with an estimated cost per new drug in excess of $1 billion. In A Prescription for Change, Michael Kinch traces the history of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industriesand describes the evolution of the scientific, regulatory, social, and marketing forces that are compromising contemporary drug development efforts.