Potential consequence of plant extinction in the United States on the current and future availability of prescription drugs
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This paper attempts to answer the question: What is the dollar value that can be placed on a single plant species now growing in the United States, should it become extinct? Based on available botanical and prescription survey data and data on global studies of plants as a source of new drugs for human use, the value of a single species is calculated to be $203 million, and the total value of plant species growing in the United States that may become extinct by the year 2000 AD is calculated to be about $3,248 billion.
KeywordsEconomic Botany Community Pharmacy Diosgenin Psyllium Noscapine
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