DOST to release herbal food supplement vs dengue

DOST to release herbal food supplement vs dengue



There is a Filipino made herbal formula developed that can help a patient recover from dengue. The herbal supplement for dengue is in capsule form, containing 324 milligrams of the herbal extract. The contents of the capsule can be dissolved in water if desired. If marketed, the estimated price of each capsule would be P15.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will help promote the use of the herbal supplement to help dengue patients recover, fight and survive from the mosquito borne ailment.


According to DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña , the said herbal food supplement for dengue patients was developed by local herbal products manufacturer Herbanext has shown high efficiency in helping dengue fever patients recover.

DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said the herbal food supplement for dengue fever developed by local herbal products manufacturer Herbanext has shown high efficiency in helping dengue fever patients recover. (Philstar)
The DOST Sec further adds that the research and development (R&D) of Herbanext to develop a cure for dengue was closely monitored by the DOST as it has been pursued with funding support by the DOST Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).

The herbal formula, the DOST Sec said is “not yet considered a drug because that requires two phases of clinical trials.”
“It is just a herbal supplement (as of now). No prescription needed. To be approved as a drug, it has to go through two phases of clinical trials. Only after getting good results from the clinical trials can they be submitted to FDA for approval as a drug. These take time,” dela Peña explains.

It can be marketed as a supplement as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already given its stamp of approval for this.
“The plants used to get the extracts have been known traditionally, historically to be of help to dengue patients,” he added.
Clinical trials are already being done by Herbanext, still with DOST support, for Herbanext's FDA approval as an effective herbal drug to treat dengue.

“A drug is currently being developed now out of two plant sources, but it has to pass through the clinical trials up to Phase 3. That will take some time,” dela Pena  he pointed out.





What can you say about the article?


Share us your thoughts by simply leaving on the comment section below. For more news updates, feel free to visit our site often.


Stay updated with today's relevant news and trends by hitting the LIKE button.


Thanks for dropping by and reading this post.



Report from PhilStar

Post a comment

0 Comments