Drug to cure Dengue, seen from 3 PH herbal plants

Drug to cure Dengue, seen from 3 PH herbal plants

Dengue remains to be a big problem for the Philippines, so its very apt we should as a nation find a cure for it.
For a minute forget about the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine created by a big pharmaceutical firm.
De La Salle University-Dasmariñas’ Medical and Health Sciences Institute is leading the way, spearheaded by pharmacologist-epidemologist Dr. Rita Grace Alvero and her team of researchers, they have started Phase 1 of clinical trials on a herbal medicine that can cure  dengue. 

Dengue is a persistent killer disease in the country, with the Dengvaxia scandal this news is very much welcomed(photo credit to owner)

The medicine they formulated is a combination or cocktail of three endemic plants proved to be effective in curing dengue.
Dr. Alvero, one of the presenters at the National Research and Development (NRDC) Conference 2019 held by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) last Wednesday at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, said the group is very much determined to pursue the full drug development process to make that miracle medicine that can cure and stop deaths from dengue.
Dr. Alvero adds, that it will be ready by the end of 2022.
The potential dengue drug has for its main ingredients- 3 herbal plants found in the country.
“They are endemic in the Philippines, not at all endangered,” Alvero explains and “It’s an anti-viral.”
Alvero led team of researchers who are teachers in DLSU-Dasmarinas have formed a health startup firm – Pharmalytics Corp.
The anti drug  initial efficacy test have shown “Dramatic” recovery of dengue patients, even those severely affected with very low platelet count

“We’ve done the pre-formulation tests, we’ve done animal studies, we’ve tested for efficacy. We’ve done the capsule, we’ve documented the efficacy results,” Alvero said.
“We’ve demonstrated in humans already, in pilot cases, that it attenuates the clinical signs of the disease,” Alvero said.
“There was dramatic recovery. It was given to patients with very, very low platelet counts who are bleeding already. It reversed (the progression of the disease), and improved the well-being (of the patient),

The Department of Science and Technology 
(DOST)- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), said the agency supports the drug development efforts of Alvero.

The DOST-PCHRD has given Alvero and his group initial financial grant to develop the potential homegrown miracle drug.

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