FRM3510 – Development of new pharmaceuticals

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Course content

This course contains all aspects related to development of new drugs. The students will obtain a chronological understanding of the process "from idea to product" for new drug compounds and other "drug-like products". The main topics in the course are general understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, methodology and process for identification of new drug compounds, patents,requirements for preclinical documentation, implementation of clinical studies and regulatory requirements related to approval of new drugs in Norway and Europe. In addition, the course will deal with topics related to marketing and sale of drugs

Learning outcome

The objective is not to obtain new basic knowledge within the pharmaceutical topics, but to give the students knowledge and understanding for development and documentation of new drugs based on general knowledge from previous courses. The objective is further to provide students with a thorough knowledge of the function and framework conditions for pharmeceutical industry in the society with focus regulatory aspects related to development of new drugs


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

FRM1110, FRM1210, FRM2310 and FRM2410

Recommended previous knowledge

FRM1110, FRM1210, FRM2310 and FRM2410



Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

Admission to the pharmacy programme


Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

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