Interesting Fact # 884 - Drugs

Some chemotherapy drugs are made from yew tree clippings.

(According to Debbie Coats, clinical information manager at Cancer Research UK, there are two common chemotherapy drugs developed from Yew trees: One of them, docetaxel (Taxotere), was first made from the needles of the European yew. The other, paclitaxel (Taxol) and was made from the bark of the Pacific yew.)