Investigation on NyQuil

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Area of Interaction I: Biology Sources of Drugs Medicines are chemicals, sometimes found in compounds, which are used as cures or for the easing of symptoms. Oftentimes, medicine is developed from natural substances and a variety is extracted from plants, for instance extracts from the Pacific yew tree are used to treat certain cancers (Dowshen). Some medicines are lab produced by the mixture of chemicals. However, even medicines like penicillin derive from fungus and are used to treat bacterial diseases like strep throat and respiratory infections. I order to create a drug; a source of some sort must first be identified. It must be decided whether the drug will be naturally made or chemically created in a lab. Once the proper chemicals are acquired and the drug is created, the individual or company must seek the approval from the FDA. No medicine can be sold without the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA ensures that drugs are safe and effective. The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research is where New Drug Applications are sent to be reviewed by a variety of scientist to make sure it meets FDA’s regulation (Drugs). A safe and effective drug can take numerous years to complete dependent on the complexity of the drug. Throughout much of history that has been many cures discovered for a variety of diseases, such as Mad Cow disease and Smallpox. Yet, there is no cure for Cancer of HIV to be discovered. Cancer is caused by uncontrolled cell division, which means cancer cells never stop replicating, therefore making it hard for researchers to eliminate cancer cells without destroying cells needed for body organs and other vital functions. In addition, cancer stems from the genetic structures of a cell ma... ... middle of paper ... ... 5). : Indications, Side Effects, Warnings. Retrieved February 17, 2014, from http://www.drugs.com/cdi/nyquil-liquid.html Perez. (2012, February 2). Dextromethorphan Overdose. NY Times. Retrieved March 2, 2014, from http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/poison/dextromethorphan-overdose/overview.html Perez. (2012, January 30). Acetaminophen Overdose. NY Times. Retrieved March 2, 2014, from http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/poison/acetaminophen-overdose/overview.html Tomlin, J. (2014). People. Our State Magazine. Retrieved March 1, 2014, from http://www.ourstate.com/lunsford-richardson/ Vick's NyQuil. (2013). Vicks.com. Retrieved March 4, 2014, from http://www.vicks.com/products/nyquil/cold-flu-liquid-medicine/ What Is a Heart Attack? (2013, December 17). NHLBI, NIH. Retrieved February 17, 2014, from https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/heartattack/

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