An old alcoholism drug with a new purpose – fighting cancer

//An old alcoholism drug with a new purpose – fighting cancer

An old alcoholism drug with a new purpose – fighting cancer

The process of developing and evaluating new drugs is time-consuming, expensive, logistically challenging and potentially dangerous to patients involved in the studies.  It would therefore be refreshing to find a new way to advance a drug through this difficult process.  Repurposing existing FDA-approved drugs for new uses is one way this can be accomplished.  Here, Danish researchers analyzed medical records retrospectively and found that patients who continued taking an anti-alcoholism drug (disulfiram) during cancer treatment had better outcomes than those patients who stopped taking the disulfiram while battling cancer.  Then they identified the anti-cancer molecular mechanism of disulfiram in the laboratory.

Disulfiram

By | 2017-12-11T18:15:51+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Biomedical News|Comments Off on An old alcoholism drug with a new purpose – fighting cancer

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