Orphan drug(redirected from Orphan drug exclusivity)
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orphan drug/productAny drug, biological, medical device, or food of potential or actual use in treating 'orphan' diseases–diseases regarded by the pharmaceutical industry as too rare for developing commercially viable products. See Orphan disease. Cf Pseudoorphan drug.
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A term for a drug that treats a rare disease, defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans. The FDA has an Office of Orphan Products Development (OOPD), which offers grants to researchers to develop these products.
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