Bismuth-Formic-Iodide Compound, B-F-I

The indications or uses for this product as provided by the manufacturer are: An effective first aid dressing for cuts, burns, and scratches. Relieves aching feet. Promotes healing and soothes chafing, sunburn and skin irritations. Useful after shaving.
Currently not on view
Object Name
otc preparation
date made
after 1906
H. K. Mulford Company
Physical Description
acetanilid (drug active ingredients)
overall: 6.5 cm x 3.5 cm; 2 9/16 in x 1 3/8 in
overall: 2 1/2 in x 1 3/8 in; 6.35 cm x 3.4925 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Foot Products
Skin & Dermatology Drugs
First Aid Products & Antiseptics
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Cure-alls
Health & Medicine
Balm of America
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

7/19/2013 10:38:47 AM
Mark Barbee
B.F.I. powder was used by the U.S. military during WWI in the final closure of surgical wounds. It promotes coagulation and healing as well as helping to prevent infection.
6/8/2015 11:03:39 AM
G. M. Annesley
Please tell me what happened to BFI Powder. Appreciated. Thank you.
11/1/2016 7:52:48 PM
I've had this in my med supply cabinet. My mother always had it, too. Went to replenish and it has disappeared. Why?
9/15/2015 6:14:08 PM
Diane Silvestri Clifford
Love BFI Powder I was born in the 50's. My mom told me that they used this in the war. I recently went to look for it and they stopped making it in 2013. How very sad. I have used this all my life also I used it on my dogs too. It worked so wonder they took it off the market.
9/29/2016 2:20:54 PM
Check online. I still find it. Walgreens for example.
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