The History of Aspirin

Aspirin is a very common drug used that works pretty much every time and is also affordable. Versions of aspirin have been used for thousands of years before and in this blog I’ll be going over a basic timeline for aspirin.

1830s  A  Scottish physician found that the extracts of willow bark helps relieve symptoms of acute rheumatism.

1840s  Scientists isolated salicin from willow bark. Salicin is the substance that cures people.

1870/71  Professor Von Nencki demonstrated how salicin was converted into salicylic acid in the body. This was given to patients in a hospital and it was found to have cured the patients with fever and headaches, However, this medicine caused irritation and discomfort to the patients afterwards or during.

1875  Chemists made sodium salicylate and gave it to the hospital patients again. These also cured them and didnt irritiate them as much as the previous ones did.However this one on the other hand tasted really bad and the patients had a hard time consuming them.

1890  Felix Hofmann, a scientist at Bayer (dye) company developed an aspirin that worked but didnt lave a horrible taste after.  Some years later aspirin was sent for clinical trials so that it can be given to patients.

1982  Some scientists found a similar enzyme found in aspirin and other pain killer drugs.

1990s  Aspirin started being sold world wide with about 10 million kgs sold annualy.

Present  Aspirin is the most common drug that is also easily affordable to everyone.  35 million kgs are being sold every year now.


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