The Success of Natural Products in Drug Discovery

Mouhssen Lahlou
2013 Pharmacology and Pharmacy  
Drug discovery leading to robust and viable lead candidates' remains a challenging scientific task, which is the transition from a screening hit to a drug candidate, requires expertise and experience. Natural products and their derivatives have been recognized for many years as a source of therapeutic agents and of structural diversity. However, in addition to their chemical structure diversity and their biodiversity, the development of new technologies has revolutionized the screening of
more » ... screening of natural products in discovering new drugs. Applying these technologies compensates for the inherent limitations of natural products and offers a unique opportunity to re-establish natural products as a major source for drug discovery. The present article attempts to describe the utilization of compounds derived from natural resources as drug candidates, with a focus on the success of these resources in the process of finding and discovering new and effective drug compounds, an approach commonly referred to as "natural product drug discovery".
doi:10.4236/pp.2013.43a003 fatcat:udilmh4x7bb3vnq7qdgdps65di