Drugs! Modern medicine depends on them. There are many prescription medications on the market approved by the Food and Drug Administration for a variety of illnesses, diseases, and symptoms; but not for all. Why is that? Join us to learn about drug discovery, drug development, and the commercialization of new medicines. We will cover a bit of the history and context that inform contemporary research and development efforts. We will explore the challenges of getting new medicines from test tube to bedside. Finally, we’ll look at what happens when a new medicine is “approved” and how the marketplace comes to bear in terms of who can be treated and what a medicine is worth. It is a nuanced journey, and, through this course, you will better understand the steps of the process and the challenges of getting lifesaving, life-enhancing drugs to those who need or can benefit from them. | Lecture + Q&A.