Defining Go And No-Go Disease Areas As An R&D Business
Exploring How Unmet Need Effects Decision-Making And How The Term Has Evolved
Some believe unmet need refers only to rare diseases and tiny patient populations. But it is more than this. In 2020, the term sits at the heart of decision-making for drug makers – along with cost, access and value, of course.
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