Naturex is strengthening its presence on the European plant extract
scene with the acquisition of Italy's Hammer Pharma for €10m - a
move that also marks in earnest its entry to the world of
The FDA has exerted post-market regulatory muscle by testing the
contents of several sexual health supplements sold via the Internet
in a first-of-its-kind survey and subsequently issued a warning, in
which it calls them illegal drugs.
The strategy of bringing new ingredients to market as
nutraceuticals, with a view to pharmaceutical launch at a later
date, is helping expand supplement-makers' toolkit - as well as
providing biotechs with a revenue stream earlier.
Some biotech companies are treating their nutraceutical activities
as a cash cow to fund pharmaceutical R&D; as research yield
results and prompts a re-focus on the lucrative pharma market,
mature nutraceutical businesses are...
A Dutch consortium setting out develop biomedical materials to
improve medical care and patients' quality of life may also benefit
the supplements sector through research into capsules for
controlled release of active substances...
The University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) NAPRALERT, the
world's largest database on herbs and medicinal plant research, is
now available on-line, providing easier access to this goldmine of
Swiss research institute VitaPlant is embarking on a research
project to develop six new plant extracts, in partnership with US
natural products supplier EuroPharma. Jess Halliday speaks
to Dr Bernd Bueter about plans to market the...
Cerestar Food & Pharma Specialties Europe has launched an
excipient that it claims allows tablets to be produced using lower
compression force, which should result in reduced wear and tear on
tabletting machinery and operational...
A traditional Indian herbal, long believed to lower cholesterol
levels, may interfere with nearly 60 per cent of prescription
drugs, including the popular anti-cholesterol drugs statins,
according to recent research.
Dutch specialty chemicals group Noviant has developed a certified
GM-free disintegrant for use in tablets, allowing supplement makers
to continue supplying a full range of products without having to
add labels required under new European...
Herbal companies looking for new products may not need to go far to
find new medicinal plants, according to a review, which finds that
weeds have produced more drugs and natural remedies than tropical
plants found in the rainforest.
Manufacturers took a closer look at the rules governing botanical
extracts in the US, Europe and Canada at the industry's first
integrative medicine and natural healthcare exhibition this month.
Calls heard for a common set of...
The growing use of dietary supplements has caused alarm in recent
months among the medical community who fear dangerous interactions
with prescription medicines. But a new study concludes that most
potential drug-supplement interactions...
Women's use of all medications, including herbal supplements, is
higher than anticipated, and they're unlikely to tell their health
care providers about the medications they take, according to a
University of Minnesota researcher.
The real amount of active ingredient in over-the-counter St John's
wort 'varies greatly' and can be up to 114 per cent of the amount
on the label, according to a new study in the Journal of the
Science of Food and Agriculture.
Growing sales of herbal medicines are threatening to wipe out up to
a fifth of the plant species on which the industry depends, a new
report will claim. It also accuses the herbal medicines industry of
doing nothing to stop the problem.
The use of herbal medicines entails risks, but probably fewer than
with synthetic drugs, argues a British Medicial Journal
editorial out tomorrow. And failing to fund further studies on
herbals represents the biggest risk to consumers,...
Swedish private company Lipid Technologies Provider (LTP) yesterday
announced the signing of a substantial investment agreement with
DSM Venturing, part of the DSM Group headquartered in Heerlen, the
One in 20 people are taking potentially dangerous combinations of
herbal and prescription medicines, said researchers this week,
suggesting that health professionals need to increase their herbal
knowledge to respond to the boom in...
The herbal and pharmaceutical industries should invest more time
and resources in studying herb-drug interactions, suggest
researchers in the UK, who found 'a widespread lack of interest' in
this area from both industries...
Researchers question the efficacy of the hormone DHEA, taken in
supplement form to help treat cancer and Alzheimer's disease, in a
new study showing it had no effects on cognition in Alzheimer's
Around a quarter of all prescription drugs sold in the United
States, Canada and Europe contain active ingredients derived from
plants, claims a new report. Global over-the-counter sales of
plant-derived drugs are estimated at $40...
The health unit of speciality chemicals manufacturer Croda
Chemicals Europe is to expand lipid production in the UK, following
increased market demand for high purity, high potency lipids in
nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals, it...
A Hebrew University parasitologist claims to have shown that a
natural head lice remedy is more effective than the commonly-used
conventional medication. The study is published in the October
issue of the Journal of the Israel Medical...
Evolutec, the British biotechnology company which develops novel
therapeutic products from parasites, is to begin Phase I and II
clinical trials with rEV131, its treatment for allergic and
Cannabis-based medicine could be on the UK market as early as 2003,
according to GW Pharmaceuticals, the UK company developing
cannabis-based prescription medicines, which this week released
results from four Phase III clinical trials.
Washington-based biopharmaceutical company SCOLR has said that it
has completed a biotrial providing Proof of Concept for its Self
Correcting Oral Linear Release drug delivery systems in human
A tropical daisy could be the answer for patients with skin
disorders, according to research presented at the British
Pharmaceutical Conference in Manchester, England this week.
Researchers hope that the plant, which is a traditional...