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Xadago (safinamide) as an add-on treatment for levodopa/carbidopa cooperatively developed by two Italian companies-Zambon Pharma and Newron Pharmaceutical against Parkinson’s disease was approved by FDA for marketing in March. Of mention, Xadago is the first new drug got FDA approval over the recent decade for the disease, which is the second most common neurodegenerative disease among the elders. It’s estimated that about one to two in every one hundred people over 65 are in the condition. And the number is increasing with the trend of global aging, whilst few drugs are found effective to control the disease. The data released by the National Institutes of Health showed that about 50,000 people are newly diagnosed with the Parkinson’s disease annually.
A natural product is a chemical compound or substance produced by a living organism-found in nature that usually has a pharmacological or biological activity for use in pharmaceutical drug discovery and drug design. This product can be considered as such even if it can be prepared by total synthesis. And it is usually secondary metabolite. Secondary metabolite has functions that are not directly involved in the growth, development or reproduction of the organism. It is generally produced as a defense mechanism against predators or to aid the organism adapting to its surrounding environment. Natural products could be extracted from tissues of terrestrial plants, marine organisms or microorganism fermentation broths. A crude (untreated) extract from any one of these sources typically contains novel, structurally diverse chemical compounds.