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Iran to Unveil 8 New Hi-Tech Drugs Soon

Iran announced on Wednesday that it will soon unveil 8 new types of hi-tech medicines used for treating various kinds of diseases.

“8 new types of hi-tech drugs which have borne high costs for Iran will be unveiled in the next few weeks,” Health Minister Marziyeh Vahid Dastjerdi said at a ceremony to commemorate the national “Doctors Day” in Tehran on Wednesday.

She hailed the Iranian scientists and researchers for their efforts to decrease the country’s dependence on foreign states for producing different types of medications.

Iran has taken wide strides in science and technology, particularly in medical and medicinal fields, in recent years.

Vahid Dastjerdi announced earlier this month that it is now able to synthesize 15 kinds of radiomedicines inside the country, stressing that the achievement was made due to the efforts made by the country’s nuclear scientists.

“Due to the efforts made by the Iranian scientists and the nuclear scientists martyred (by the enemies), we have 15 radiomedicines in our country which are vital for providing diagnosis and treatment services to the patients, specially cancerous patients,” she said in a ceremony in Tehran at the time.

Also, in January, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a ceremony in Tehran unveiled 6 new types of home-made medicines used for treating various kinds of diseases.

The Iranian president unveiled 2 new types of drugs and 4 types of raw materials for treating osteoporosis, hemophilia and neurological, skin and muscle diseases and breast cancer.

Iranian scientists had also in 2011 managed to produce a new type of anti-cancer drug using the venoms of reptiles like snakes and scorpions.

“After several years of research and studies on a combination of snake and scorpion venoms, the anti-cancer drug was produced in Iran,” Abbas Zare’, the Director of the Venomous Animals Department of Iran’s Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute, told reporters in October.

“This anti-cancer drug has been produced from snake and scorpion venoms after 10 years of research work and has been extracted from the fat (peptide) of such animals,” he added.

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