• Question: what medicines have you tested

    Asked by mini to Richard on 10 Mar 2016.
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      Richard Friend answered on 10 Mar 2016:

      Loads of things! I’ve tested drugs to treat cancer, drugs for asthma, malaria, throat sweets, to hops for beer, flavourings for crisps, different types of sugar, painkillers, and a load of raw materials that go into making all of those things too! The raw materials have to be tested as well as the final drugs – you can imagine that the medicines people take have to be really pure, and you can’t make pure medicines if the starting materials aren’t pure.