NIH Announces New Program to Develop Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. The National Institutes of Health is launching a new program to find new treatments for rare and neglected diseases.
Dr. Guttmacher: We’re not going to be able to develop therapies for all 7,000 rare diseases in one fell swoop.
Narrator: Dr. Alan Guttmacher is at the National Human Genome Research Institute.
Dr. Guttmacher: But we’re going to both tackle a number of those diseases and come up with processes that we hope others can apply to finding new effective drugs for rare diseases.
Narrator: Dr. Guttmacher says it will be a few years before the first drugs come out of this new program.
Dr. Guttmacher: But we hope that once they do start emerging, it’ll be a steady stream of drugs emerging from it.
Narrator: The Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases program hopes to get new drugs to patients as soon as possible. For more information, visit www.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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