spacer
home > pmps > winter 2003 > standardised extracts and traditional herbal remedies versus pharmaceutical drugs
PUBLICATIONS
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Packing Sourcer

Standardised Extracts and Traditional Herbal Remedies Versus Pharmaceutical Drugs

Following the increase in popularity of herbal supplements over the last decade, such products have become a source of debate on topics ranging from the need for legislation, to the relative benefits compared to pharmaceutical drugs, and the way in which herbal compounds are prepared. Their popularity can be attributed to the perception that pharmaceutical drugs interfere with a natural process and have serious secondary effects. In 1998, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that prescription drugs are responsible for more than 100,000 deaths in American hospitals every year (1). Likewise, herbal remedies are considered safer by the general public because they are seen to enhance a natural process.

For example, 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) supplements (from Griffonia simplicifolia seed extract) provide increased levels of the precursor to serotonin, apparently enabling the synthesis of new serotonin molecules. The therapeutic effects of 5-HTP have been compared to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as Prozac, but with fewer unwanted effects (2). It has also been argued that pharmaceutical companies study the action of naturally occurring substances that cannot be patented in order to develop their own patentable molecule that performs approximately the same function. Natural products are rarely evaluated in the large, well-controlled clinical trials that are required to receive the approval of the regulatory bodies, and therefore tend to have less evidence to support their efficacy.


Read full article from PDF >>

Rate this article You must be a member of the site to make a vote.  
Average rating:
0
     

There are no comments in regards to this article.

spacer
By Andrea Zangara, Jessica Goford and Tamsin Manktelow, at Cognitive Drug Research

Having graduated in Psychology from the University of Padua (Italy) - with a thesis on 'eco' and 'smart' drugs recently accepted for publication - Andrea Zangara has been a Research Associate at CDR since September 2000. He was previously a Research Assistant at University College London, researching and publishing the effects of a beta-adrenergic blocker and a benzodiazepine upon emotional memory. Andrea is currently registered at the University of Northumbria for a part-time PhD examining the cognitive effects of Huperzine A.

Jessica Goford graduated from the University of Leicester with a BSc Honours in Psychology. She then worked as an Assistant Psychologist, first with learning disabled people and later with older adults. She subsequently joined CDR as a Research Assistant in May 2001, and now manages a small team of researchers as a Lead Senior Research Associate.

Having graduated from the University of Reading with a BA Honours in Psychology, Tamsin Manktelow has worked as a Clinical Assistant with adolescents suffering from eating disorders, and as a Clinical Audit and Research Assistant. She joined CDR in June 2000 as a Research Assistant and currently oversees the academic arm of CDR as Scientific Development Manager. Tamsin is registered at the University of Northumbria for a part-time PhD studying the cognitive effects of eating disorders.
spacer
Andrea Zangara
spacer
spacer
spacer
Jessica Goford
spacer
spacer
spacer
Tamsin Manktelow
spacer
spacer
Print this page
Send to a friend
Privacy statement
News and Press Releases

Destiny Pharma appoints MedPharm to develop new XF-platform drug formulations

Destiny Pharma, a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on the development of novel antimicrobial drugs, is pleased to announce that it has appointed MedPharm as its expert partner to develop new topical formulations of the Company’s novel XF-platform compounds. These new treatments for dermal and ocular infections are part of its second clinical programme to address the global problem of anti-microbial resistance (AMR). MedPharm is a world leading contract provider of topical and transdermal product design and formulation development services using sophisticated in vitro models to de-risk development programmes.
More info >>

White Papers

Investigator Portals: Facilitating and Streamlining Communication & Collaboration with Study Sites

ArisGlobal

ArisGlobal LLC Investigator site personnel are often frustrated with the lack of transparency and communication with their sponsors, leading to significant dissatisfaction and withdrawal from current and future studies. The adoption of investigator portals gives sponsors a platform that fosters collaboration and improves site management. Learn about five key areas of sponsor-investigator site interactions deserving of electronic communication and collaboration. Technology and design aspects are also covered.
More info >>

 
Industry Events

CPhI & P-MEC India

26-28 November 2019, India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR, India

As the pharma industry looks increasingly towards India for high quality, low cost pharma solutions, CPhI & P-MEC India is the ideal event for companies wanting to pick up on the latest trends and innovations the market has to offer. At CPhI & P-MEC India, you will meet the movers and shakers from India's pharma machinery, technology and ingredients industries, giving you a competitive advantage that will help grow your business.
More info >>

 

 

©2000-2011 Samedan Ltd.
Add to favourites

Print this page

Send to a friend
Privacy statement