Bioprospecting is the evolution
of traditional medicines as commercial products. Pharmaceutical companies from the improved world often look for chemically active ingredients in traditional remedies, which they can progress into commercial pharmaceutical products. This is menacingly criticized as biopiracy by those who believe it utilize indigenous knowledge. They focus to the fact that companies may seek to take out on a medicine derived from a traditional cure without recognizing the original users. Others argue the large investment in development and research by pharmaceutical companies gives them this right. Recent cases have seen agreements between pharmaceutical companies and traditional users of a medicine. For example, hoodia is a plant
used by the people of South Africa as desire elimination
when travelling or hunting on long journeys. There were long intercession between the San and pharmaceutical company Pfizer, which was interested in enlarging products based on hoodia. The San finally won the right to royalties from any products based on hoodia.
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