Orphan drug

Orphan drug
A drug that is not being produced, often a medication useful only to a small population of patients. Also, drugs available outside the US but not approved by the FDA for sale in the US.

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orphan drug n a drug that is not developed or marketed because its extremely limited use (as in the treatment of a rare disease) makes it unprofitable

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a drug that has limited commercial appeal because of the rarity of the condition it is used to treat.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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