Special Studies

It is not uncommon in drug development programs for specific toxicities to be uncovered. In most cases, additional studies are then carried out that will attempt to elucidate additional information with regard to the mechanism of the effect. For example, the identification of a non-specific behavioral effect (e.g. tremors and/or convulsions) may trigger the performance of a neurotoxicity study, which includes an exhaustive evaluation of the potential effects on central and peripheral nervous tissues. The identification of an effect on reproduction may warrant the performance of detailed studies to identify the specific mechanism or phase of the reproductive cycle that is affected. In-depth metabolic studies may prove that the effect is related to a metabolite in animals that has no relevance to man, and prevent the abandonment of an otherwise promising drug. It is rare that a drug development program does not involve some type of special study.

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