History of scientific inventions is quite strange and especially when we talk about the history of pharmaceuticals. Well, today I'm gonna talk about the history of a fertility drug which has a quite perplexing history.
It's the story of a hormonal fertility treatment- Pergonal, which is responsible for millions of babies. A fertility drug which can be made only from the women's urine.
Yes, you read it right. But why so?
Let's find out.
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...the hormones that stimulate ovulation. These hormones are found in women's urine that's why it is possible to determine whether a woman is pregnant or not from the urine sample.
...he discovered that these hormones were found at the highest level in post-menopausal women, and it could be used to treat infertility.
...an Israeli medical student, Bruno Lunenfeld came across Donini's research and wanted to use this fertility drug to help the European Jews to repopulate after the Holocaust.
...but there was only one problem- how to get hundreds of liters of urine from menopausal women for the production of the drug?
...but his idea was refused by saying, "We are a drug factory, not a urinal company."
...who helped him to solve his biggest problem in the production of the drug. He convinced the Vatican city's nun to donate their urine to help the humankind with the production of this fertility drug.
...until these hormones were synthesized in the lab in 1995.
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