Discoveries Magazine



Short List of Failed Innovations

Some drugs and devices catapult medical science into previously unfathomable heights of greatness. Others, not so much. Here, an incomplete collection of treatments that failed, sooner or later.

Innovation: It’s Academic

There is no question that new drugs, devices, and other treatment paradigms have greatly improved medical care over the past 20 years. That said, the pace of innovation in medicine and biology does not compare favorably to the transformative changes in such industries as computing and telecommunications.