Pharmacological Investigation of Plant-Derived Pharmaceuticals in Palestine

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Journal Title, Volume, Page: 
An-Najah Univ. J. Res. (N. Sc.), Vol. 18(1), 2004
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Nidal Jaradat
Waleed Sweileh
Samah Kerki
Preferred Abstract (Original): 
A survey of the plant derived pharmaceuticals in the Palestinian drug market was carried out. The Palestinian Pharmaceutical Index (PPI) which contains a list of the imported and locally produced pharmaceuticals was manually reviewed. The search in the PPI for plant-derived pharmaceuticals shows that laxatives drug class has the highest percentage (60%) followed by bronchial spasm relaxants (56%) and drugs acting on uterus (50%). This survey shows the distribution of plant derived pharmaceuticals among the different pharmacological drug classes. It also shows that plant derived pharmaceuticals still have a reasonable share of the drug market as investigated in Palestine. Medical personnel may need further information on herbal pharmacology.
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