Why are re-purposed medicines expensive?

Re-purpose medicine

With the number of infections are soaring everyday and inroads being made in finding a definitive treatment for the COVID-19, re-purposed medicines have come to the spotlight. Approved or investigational drugs that are outside the scope of the original medical indication which are used under a strategy for identifying new uses are termed as re-purposed drugs. However, it has to be evaluated whether re-purposed medicines can be made available at affordable prices to patients. Details from the news are related to both prelims and mains.

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