NEW ORLEANS — Could a non-hepatic toxicogenomic profile have prevented the problems experienced by drugs such as Vioxx?

The use of toxicogenomic profiling in non-hepatic tissue is on the rise among drug makers in the United States, according to industry experts interviewed for this article. But few companies are willing to talk about the ways in which they are using these tools in their own R&D, and those that use them oftentimes do so narrowly.

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