Navelbine and Taxotere — the development of two anticancer drugs of natural origin

The discovery of a new medicine does not only involve science but also politics and economics. The book Navelbine® and Taxotère®, Histories of Sciences describes the process by which these two major anticancer drugs were discovered. These medicines were respectively synthesized from the rosy periwinkle from Madagascar and European yew and are now used in chemotherapy to treat different forms of cancer.