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Why can't more beneficial substances be made into drugs?

Grant Cooper, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
An abundance of naturally occurring substances with significant potential healing powers have not yet been made available in pill form. The immense cost in work hours and dollars to bring any of these unknown compounds out of their natural habitat and into a laboratory to be extracted, analyzed, tested on animals, eventually tested on humans, and finally made ready for sale, is almost overwhelming. Some compounds have been identified and analyzed, but they have not yet been put through the rigors of clinical testing required for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Some of these substances are marketed as nutritional or herbal supplements.
The Arthritis Handbook: Improve Your Health and Manage the Pain of Osteoarthritis (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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The Arthritis Handbook: Improve Your Health and Manage the Pain of Osteoarthritis (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

According to conventional wisdom, arthritis pain is an inevitable part of aging. Not so, says Dr. Grant Cooper in this practical, accessible guide. For those who do develop osteoarthritic conditions,...

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