Back in 2001, Colin Brewer made some predictions in Druglink about future developments for medical treatment. So what happened?
A decade ago, I began my article by considering vaccines that could be tailor-made to block the effects of most misused drugs. Encouraging studies of cocaine and nicotine vaccines had already been presented at conferences and it seemed reasonable to hope that something would soon be commercially available. I underestimated the time it
takes to bring new compounds through animal studies and clinical trials to pharmacies and patients. Nicotine vaccines may be available soon, but cocaine vaccines, though promising, are probably several years away.