Posted on April 29th, 2012

By Walter Jayawardhana

Havana which has made many medical feats for a small country has manufactured a very effective drug for asthma Cuba’s Prensa Latina News Service reported.

A pharmaceutical Lab has demonstrated “a highly effective” meeical product made from banana peel the Cuban news agency has reported.

Jorge Luis Martinez and Yudit Rodriguez, executives from the Pharmaceutical Biological Laboratory — or Labiofam — presented the products to the Vietnamese pharmaceutical industry at the Institute of Medicinal Materials in Vietnam capital Hanoi.

“ƒ”¹…”The medical products “stirred up interest and admiration among Vietnamese scientists and researchers”, the report said.

After a meticulous process comprising laboratory study, tests of medicinal properties and health registration strictly according to international regulations, the products have been launched in the market, Rodriguez said.

A medicine named “Asmacan” is a bronchodilator and expectorant, and is very effective for asthma patients. This has been seen among patients in Cuba, the scientists said.

Another medicine “Nutrisol” is a nutritional, restorative supplement used in the treatment of anaemia, anorexia and convalescence.

Other medicines to treat specific types of anaemia are “Ferrical” and “Acitan”. They provide a missing dietetic-fiber supplement, encourage more healthy processes, and are effective protectors of the gastric mucus.

A medicine called “Propolina” is a restorer in immunological disorders and is also and anti-parasite, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-bacterial, all in one, they said.

Labiofarm has also created a line of products obtained from mango peel, known as “Vimang”. It can be used as a nutritional supplement for people subdued to high tensions such as pilots, high-performance athletes and divers.”


  1. sena Says:

    Interesting. Isn’t sad that such innovations and inventions are not materializing from our small country where we have had medical and biotech training for more than 6 decades?

  2. Fran Diaz Says:


    Lankans are too busy getting DESTABILISED by every power bloc possible – they don’t have time to do scientific research. Also, not time to re-vamp the education system geared to learning Science & Technology either ! What a shame and pity. Poor Lanka.

  3. sena Says:

    The article is about Cuba, No country in modern history was subjected to more destabilization. It is all about attitude. Our educated although capable have no sense of what is expected of them. Most dwell in publicly funded jobs, just following the rituals and worse abuse the power of those positions for personal gain. wrt doctors, it is a shame that we have nothing substantiate in health care industry – the second biggest next to weapons

  4. Fran Diaz Says:


    Cuba was stable (made stable) from within the country. Communism (at that time) plus the Catholic religion only prevailed in Cuba. Within this stability, Cuban leaders made Medicine the most important University subject. In Sri Lanka, we have every major religion in the world, plus diverse Ethnicity placed within the Democratic system. Some of the best leaders in the country have been removed by political assassinations.

    Right now, in Sri Lanka, it is our Ports and the strategic position in the Indian Ocean and proximity of Tamil Nadu (Caste/poverty/breakaway plus illegal migrants/conversions, to Lanka), that are the most destabilizing factors.

    In my thinking, we can unite only if we all understand our own transient nature, that we are all here briefly and need to do some good for ourselves and others and depart. Keeping Lanka united and whole is all important to stay stable and peaceful.

    On the part of GoSL, high recognition must be given to ground breaking research done in Sri Lanka, at government level. In fact, President Rajapakse has mentioned the importance of scientific research in Sri Lanka. What is lacking is a reward system for research and, of course, the facilities and sponsors for such research. Lack of recognition leads to a lackadaisical approach to the subject of research. Also, research done must be put to good practical use, visible and appreciated.

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