Turmeric has many uses. But one important new addition to the list, found in our labs is, turmeric paste applied on breasts of female rats prevented breast cancer. This application was found to be more useful than oral administration of turmeric.
Work is still going on , on this aspect.
Nanotechnology in designing
Drug Delivery systems
Friends, I want to tell you all about some interesting things that I learnt when I went to Chandigarh to attend a conference on nanotechnology in February 2006 in NIPER.
Nanotechnology is immensely useful in designing drug delivery systems that can be used in targeting. Nanoparticles or nanoemulsions help in targeting drugs to a specific site, in reducing the dose to be administered and in reducing unnessary side effects.
When materials are broken down into nano size they look and behave differently.
Points on nanoparticles :
1.Surface to volume ratio increases
2.Surface properties change
3.Their optical, electrical and magnetic properties change.
4.Nanoparticles look and behave differently.
5.High chemical reactivity
7.They can be used as carriers for small drug molecules.
I want to focus on the menace of spurious drugs in India. There are many angles to this problem. I want to discuss them one by one. I think, as intellectuals belonging to the field of medicines, we have a responsibility to help the world by being a think tank on issues such as the manufacture of spurious drugs in India.
I.Brands in antibiotics, analgesics and anti-diarrheals are the preferred target segments by the fake manufacturers.
So what can we do about it?
1. When we are purchasing these medicines we can be extra cautious.