Research Grants

Funding For:

New Uses of Existing Drugs: The Effects of FDA Regulation and Off-Label Drug Use on Incentives for Pharmaceutical Innovation

Prescription Drugs


Jennifer Kao, University of California, Los Angeles

Grant Period:

Jan 01, 2024 - Dec 31, 2024



Summary of the Project:

Approximately 90% of approved drugs have multiple possible uses. Policymakers and researchers argue that drug repurposing — identifying new uses for existing drugs — can offer a lower-cost, quicker alternative for bringing treatments to market. This research team will conduct a comprehensive analysis of the economic factors shaping drug repurposing and the effects of drug repurposing on patients’ utilization of care and outcomes. The findings will inform researchers, policymakers, and practitioners.