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Sustainable Healthcare and Agricultural Growth

By Adam Tracy | 05 Feb, 2015

Global Healthcare Innovators,

Agriculture is predicted to be one of the greatest opportunities for growth in emerging markets. (See link)

Can this opportunity be used to create greater healthcare sustainability and develop new delivery models in developing nations?

Do you believe medical products derived from natural resources will be more widespread across the field of medicine in the future?
What is the greatest burden in advancing biomaterials science in developing countries?

Where do biomaterials best fit in healthcare needs of developing countries?

I look forward to your feedback.

-Adam Tracy

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Yudha Saputra Replied at 1:38 AM, 6 Feb 2015

Hi, Adam

Thank you for the information. Every material of medicine are comes from natural remedies. Plants, mineral, even living creature like bacteria. Nowadays, medicine is likely to use as one of important thing to gain productivity. It plays important role to cure human from their illness status into better condition. But there is no medicine that has no side effect. Almost every medicine has their own "price to pay". Medicine that developed by modern pharmaceutical company usually called as synthetic medicine. Synthetic medicine usually use a one compound of chemical structure as its active pharmaceutical ingredient. Despite its also has two or more combination of active pharmaceutical ingredients, every step that used to develop by pharmaceutical company had been standardized by many roles. Let's say cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practice) that made by WHO (World Health Organization). The goal is to to ensure the quality of medicine that produced by pharmaceutical company is safe, effective, and acceptable. That's why, synthetic medicine is widespread in market and usually used for standard therapy in many healthcare sector. But nowadays, as the tagline of Back To Nature comes forward, people start to searching natural remedies or herbs. Alternative medicines. As the leading of medicine developer, pharmaceutical company cannot close their eyes into this opportunity. They start to research, develop, trialling, and share to the market. In my country, the medicine that intend to be natural medicine is called herbs. There three different kind of herbs: Jamu, Fitofarmaka, and Standardized Herbs. Each of those herbs has their own explanation. But what I want to outlining is, even there is also Good Herbs Manufacturing Practice, these things become interesting debate topic among clinicians and society. Why? Because herbs quality. Quality is safe, effective and acceptable. Every synthetic medicine has their case story that had been peer reviewed by many clinicians. Until then book of standard therapy made. This standard therapy book of medicine contains many information of one drug. Side effect, indication, contra-indication, use in pregnant woman, warning, and etc. And the most important thing among those information is the dosage. The dosage that effective for spesific kind of clinical condition, gender and ages. I rememeber back there when expert panel session in my college told to us, their student, that someday medicine will selected spesifically by gene of people. But herbs, as far I know, not provided information as many as synthetic medicine. But in the other side, market of herbs keeps growing. Actually this kind of situation becomes a challenge for anyone who interested in herbs. Especially comparing the herbs and synthetic medicine. Despite those interesting topic, indeed, agriculture is now start to emerging with pharmaceutical company to develop a good quality of herbs.

I'm sorry if I not use any sources, lack of knowledge, and looks like out of topic. This is just my own perspective.

Thank You

Warm Regards,
Yudha Saputra

Ade Yahya Replied at 1:39 AM, 6 Feb 2015

I do strongly believe that medical product from natural resources have a future because for so long that it what the people in low income have relied on. I think with some research as to have label one those plant that this is the disease each one cure they will be more widespread.
Biomaterial fit in healthcare needs of developing countries because they have these resources already available to them at all most no cost they just need to make good use of.

Mighty Casey Replied at 11:01 AM, 6 Feb 2015

Food is the most basic of medicines - eat well, and many common health issues never show up. Also, on the "all natural" front, stuff like strychnine is natural, but that doesn't make it medically safe as a supplement. That's where the "natural" language loses me.

In developing nations, agribusiness has provided products and guidance to farmers that have created more problems than they've solved (see link). Public-health-wise, the world would be better served by a sustainable solution to the toilet issue before tackling the agriculture one, since defecating in open ag fields is a pretty robust disease vector.

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