Discovery and development of new medicines

At GCSE, students will need to be able to describe the process of discovery and development of potential new medicines, including pre-clinical and clinical testing. 

Students often do not appreciate the level of testing that is required for a new medicine to be approved, and often have opinions on animal testing that are not necessarily evidence based. Watching video clips and setting up a debate would be useful activities for learners to gain a better understanding of the use of animal testing as a critical stage in the clinical trials process. 

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