How are medicines manufactured? From idea to patient It is a long way before a given medicine is available for our patients. Sometimes it takes decades! It usually begins with an idea for a new product, a long period of research, through to tests, the production and distribution of the new medication. Today’s drugs usually result from the work of a number of research teams in our centres across the world. The next stage involves certification of the drug, meaning that the drug is formally approved for sale. This can very often last even a few years. The experience of Gedeon Richter’s specialists and the state‑of-the-art technology that we use make it possible for us to minimise this period, which benefits our patients.