Salicylic Acid, 5 Grain

The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
To insure speedy disintegration and absorption of this drug, we add a minute quantity of an inert powder to each pill.
John Wyeth & Brother of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania began selling pharmaceuticals in 1860. The company was in continuous operation until it was bought by Pfizer in 2008. The Wyeth Brothers compressed these 5 grain (325mg) salicylic acid tablets around 1895. European chemists isolated salicylic acid from willow bark and meadowsweet in the early 19th century. Salicylic acid was a potent analgesic and antipyretic, relieving pain, fever, and inflammation, but tended to be very irritating on the stomach. Acetyl-salicylic acid (aspirin) was developed by Bayer at the end of the 19th century as a less-irritating salicylate medicine.
Object Name
date made
ca 1895
John Wyeth & Brother
Physical Description
salicylic acid (drug active ingredients)
overall: 6 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in; 16.51 cm x 5.715 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Health & Medicine
American Enterprise
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Robert Grodanz, David's Pharmacy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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