Medicinal Chemistry

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Drug Development 

1) Determination of the need for a drug

  • Is there are a market, are there already treatments? 

2) Finding the structure 

  • Spectroscopy, analysis and robotics can be used to test compounds

3) Drug Synthesis 

  • Time consumption, length, yield
  • Chemists looks for ways to increase yield and reduce stages 

4) Extraction of final product 

  • The drug must be extracted from the mixture, and purified 

Antiviral Medications

Ways in which viruses differ from bacteria: 

  • Posess no classic cell structure (organelles, cell wall etc)
  • Much smaller than bacteria 
  • Need a living host cell to reproduce 

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