Drugs – From Extraction To Synthesis

If some experts have to enlist ten most influential inventions in the history of the humanity, first drug would definitely find a place somewhere near the top of the list. Yes, there is simply no second opinion about the fact that life saving drugs has been a great service to all mankind. Before the introduction of proper drugs in the market, the mortality rate was quite significant in our communities. Even up to 1920, there were no significant synthetic drugs introduced in international markets. At the end of the First World War, it was officially reported that the number of deaths due to unavailability of proper medicines was more than the number of deaths caused by bomb shells! Now, this tells why these bundles of life saving drugs we have today are so much important.
The history of drugs tells us that initially, there were drugs which were extracted juices from certain plants and even from animals. For example, insulin used to be harvested from the bodies of animals like dogs and cats. Similarly, many medicines for snake bite and allergy were harvested from a number of wild herbs and shrubs. Later on, scientists researched and found out the basic chemical formula of these juices extracted from living organisms. With these chemical formulas, they synthesized drugs in their own laboratories which actually laid the foundations of synthetic drugs. Synthetic drugs were a real breakthrough in medical science and from that day onward these life saving drugs started off getting manufactured on commercial basis. Today, there are scores and scores of companies and factories synthesizing drugs on commercial basis. Life saving drugs are of huge importance to all of us, still the use of these drugs should be well according to the prescription of medical practitioner.

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