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Old 09-27-2004, 02:50 AM #10 (permalink)
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I think it's important for everyone to understand that it takes an average of 1 billion U.S. dollars to bring a drug to market.

Pharmaceutical companies are not going to waste time studying and testing substances for which they cannot obtain a patent over.

However, people who regularly do research in medical journals will discover that most of the positive research on a long list of terminal diseases actually involve natural substances which cannot be patented.
These are studies conducted by research scientists, most often university studies.

However, pharmaceutical companies do not follow up on them because thay cannot make money off of substances which one can by at a supplement store.

Why is this important? Doctors learn about new drugs when pharmaceutical companies send them free samples and pamphlets. The general public and many doctors like to "poo-poo" natural substances because of a myth that they are never helpful.

People need to understand, though, that the only reason why natural substances do not go through human trials more often is because there is no money to be made off of them. There's actually more interest in natural substances at this point among research scientists at universities than there is in xenobiotics.
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