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Tufts: Facing Many Challenges, Orphan Drugs Take 18% Longer to Develop

May 14, 2018

Orphan drug development takes 15.1 years to go from first patent filing to product launch, 18 percent longer than the average time required for all new drugs, according to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. And development time for drugs to treat ultra-orphan diseases—which affect only a few hundred patients in the U.S.—is even longer: 17.2 years.