Drugs Derived from Natural Products
Natural products will continue to be extremely important as sources of medicinal agents. The use of plants as medicines has a long history in the treatment of various diseases. The plant-derived compounds have a long history of clinical use, better patient tolerance and acceptance. There is growing evidence that the old molecules are finding new applications through better understanding of molecular biology and clinical observations. For instance, the alkaloid, forskolin from Coleus forskohlii and phytochemicals from Stephania glabra, are now being rediscovered as adenylate cyclase and nitric oxide activators, which may help in preventing conditions including obesity and atherosclerosis. Natural products discovered so far have played a vital role in improving the human health and have been the drugs of choice despite facing a tough competition from compounds derived from computational and combinatorial chemistry, due to their safety and efficacy.
- Track 1-1 Antibacterial Drugs
- Track 2-2 Anticancer Drugs
- Track 3-3 Antidiabetic Drugs
- Track 4-4 Chemical Entities and Medical Indications by Source of Compound