As the article states and uses Viagra for comparison, what it was designed for and what it ended up being marketed for were two different stories, so with additional clinical data to study side effects and similarities there may be other additional uses for many already on the market. With the new methodology being tested, the time frame could be shaved by many years, especially with the introduction of new drugs, more knowledge right up front to help perhaps get some potential drugs to market a little faster, complete with more documented information. BD
Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory discovered a new way to make use of drugs' unwanted side effects. They developed a computational method that compares how similar the side effects of different drugs are and predicts how likely the drugs act on the same target molecule. The study, published in Science this week, hints at new uses of marketed drugs.