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Polypharmacology in a Single Drug: Multitarget Drugs

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Polypharmacology offers a model for the way drug discovery must evolve to develop therapies most suited to treating currently incurable diseases. It is driven by a worldwide demand for safer, more effective, and affordable medicines against the most complex diseases, and by the failures of modern drug discovery to provide these. Polypharmacology can involve combinations and/or multitarget drugs (MTD). Although not mutually exclusive, my premise is that MTDs have inherent advantages over combinations. This review article focuses on MTDs from a medicinal chemistry perspective. I will explore their use in current clinical practice, their likely application in the future, and the challenges to be overcome to achieve this goal.
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Keywords: Combination therapy; Multifactorial diseases; designed multiple ligands; multitarget drug discovery; multitargetdirected ligands; network pharmacology

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2013-04-01

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