A non-profit organization researched and developed the latest version of NMR technique for drug ingredients identification and function judgment, which has been used in the field with a good feedback. It’s superior to other types of tech available in market in time efficiency, cost, accuracy, and operability, which will facilitate to prevent drugs from being faked to a great degree, and it share some similarity with isotope labeling.
The situation of dietary supplements is not very positive. People depend too much on such drug alike products to keep healthy or remain comfortable. But actually, many supplements are not claimed for their ingredients, and with the increasing popularity of purchasing online for cheap price and convenience, danger are posed for drugs. What’s worse is that some drugs are being taken by people at a much higher dosage than the recommended one because of the composition and producing process are out of specification. In a long term, patients’ health will be hazarded.
Ways to improve the situation are promoting drug commonsense, encouraging people better to consult doctors before they take supplements and replacing the needs of dietary supplements with food, but the most efficient way should be finding methods to detect the ingredients of drugs.
The current reliable altitude of many people towards dietary supplements drives the application of NMR in the field. As a result the tech is quite mature at present. In an experiment previously conducted by the organization in 2014 with the newly developed tech nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, they found the so called made of natural substances for better sex experience products contained over half irrelative ingredients like sildenafil, belonging to type 5 cGMP phosphodiesterase inhibitor. Besides, many other adulteration characters are found harmful for patients to take in the experiment.
Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy can generate a lot of information needed for the drug ingredients analysis during a very short time span, and it can be applied to identify the adulteration and the effective ingredients of drugs both for the law enforcing department and drug consumers.
Though NMR is much cheaper in cost than other similar technologies, it’s still the main obstacle for its wide application in this area, besides the cultivation of operators of this new tech also hinders it from being widely applied.
But there may be more simplification to boost the use of such technique both in cost and operation in the near future as the relevant needs are increasing.