Seven of the world's biggest drug makers are banding together to create a research consortium that will develop genetic tests that can identify patients vulnerable to dangerous adverse events. Under prodding from the FDA, Pfizer, Roche and others will back a research program that will develop tests for serious liver toxicity as well as Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Their work will go into the public domain, available to anyone wishing to develop a genetic test on that data. The development of pharmacogenetics is considered crucial to a new generation of biotech drugs, which are intended to produce higher efficacy rates among smaller groups of patients.
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