Indian scientists patent cow urine distillate
TIMES NEWS NETWORK [ WEDNESDAY, JULY 03, 2002 11:39:11 PM ]
NEW DELHI: Cow urine has been found to enhance the effect of antibiotics. A composition by Indian scientists, using cow urine distillate to enhance the antimicrobial effect of the antibiotic present in the formulation, has been granted a US patent.
This could have a significant impact on drug usage. Use of the distillate could help reduce the dosage of antibiotics, drugs and anti-cancer agents while increasing the efficiency of absorption of antibiotics and other drugs.
Union HRD minister Murli Manohar Joshi, who announced the US patent at a function on Wednesday, said the patent demonstrated the use of cow urine distillate as an ‘‘activity enhancer’’ for anti-infective and anti-cancer agents. The patent, No. 6410059, was given on June 25.
This distillate has also been found to increase the activity of anti-cancer drugs such as taxol, which are extremely toxic. The dosage of these drugs too could eventually be reduced.
The pharmaceutical composition was a result of efforts of scientists of the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow and Go- Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra, Nagpur.
While detailing the patent, the scientists say that large portions of drugs administered are wasted as only a minuscule percentage is targeted at the infective microbes.
However, the unutilised drug remains as a load in the body and leads to emergence of drug resistance in parasites. Eventually, it leads to a failure of antibiotics against resistant infections