Bench-To-Bedside Flow Chart

How New Drugs Go from Being Developed to Being Administered to Patients

Innovative research is being done around the world to develop new therapies to better manage PH. However, it can take years before patients gain access to a newly developed drug. The journey from the research bench—where ideas for new drugs originate and are initially tested—to the patient’s bedside—where treatments reach those in need—is long and complex. In Canada, all new treatments go through a rigorous approval process to ensure that available drugs are safe and effective. Once a treatment is marketed, patient access depends on multiple factors, including whether or not the drug is approved for public funding. The flow chart below illustrates the many steps involved in making new treatments accessible to patients. Start from the “Drawing Board” and follow the arrows to learn about the “bench-to-bedside” journey of new treatments.

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