A 1st Step to personalized medicine - but controversial

The Food and Drug Administration yesterday approved the controversial drug BiDil to treat heart failure specifically in black patients, marking the first time a medication has been targeted at a racial group. The agency said the approval marked "a step toward the promise of personalized medicine," and was based on research that found the drug could significantly improve the quality of life for black heart disease patients and markedly reduce their chances of being hospitalized and dying.

FDA Approves Controversial Heart Medication for Blacks

BioBOOM Op/Ed: Although we would rather see the approval based on genetic or metabolic profiles not "race", we do feel it's a step in the right direction for more targeted medicines. The data is there but also the risk of implied discrimination according to some quoted in the article


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