“Take Your Medicine” is a Massive Open Online Course offered on the edX.org platform and developed by Dr. Janet Walkow at The College of Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin. This course was designed to help consumers and scientists understand the process of drug development. Formerly one course, this year we have split Take Your Medicine into two 4-week courses: Developing New Drug Products (starting 9/21/15) and How to be a Savvy Consumer (starting 10/26/2015).
Everyone gets sick. Thanks to medical innovations in the past 50 years, many diseases and conditions have been either mitigated or even cured through medicine. How does a research innovation turn into a therapeutic medicine that health care providers prescribe to patients? This course explores the process, challenges and issues in developing pharmaceutical products. Drug development is a dynamic field where innovation and entrepreneurship are necessary to keep up with health care expectations, strict regulations and tightening development budgets. An overview of drug development, approval, and consumer issues will be presented and discussed in the context of research practices, science, marketing, public welfare and business. Participants from all backgrounds and interest, including scientists, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs and the general public, are encouraged to participate.