This toxicological effect is exploited for the API Digoxin, which is extracted from digitalis. Digoxin, first discovered in 1930, is a powerful heart glycoside that strengthens the heart muscle to combat congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation. One commonly known drug product brand is Lanoxin®. Digoxin is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines.
The Digitalis plant used for the extraction of Digoxin has been specially modified to provide a high yield of Digoxin. This plant does not have the typical digitalis blossom.
Transo-Pharm offers Digoxin from the Indian manufacturer, Alkaloids Corporation. They obtain Digitalis from a Dutch and a German grower and perform the extraction in Pune, South-East of Mumbai.
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Let’s circle back to the main subject of this article, Digitalis: Alkaloids always keeps 2 years stock of Digitalis in order to have a buffer just in case mother-nature causes a bad crop…
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