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

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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.
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date made
after 1906
H. K. Mulford Company
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
acetanilid (drug active ingredients)
overall: 2 1/2 in x 1 3/8 in; 6.35 cm x 3.4925 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
Foot Products
Skin & Dermatology Drugs
First Aid Products & Antiseptics
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National Museum of American History


How sad it was taken off the market. I used it on my grandmother's first signs of an ulcer. As soon as I applied it, it started the healing process and it would dry up right away. My grandma lived to be 106 and was bedridden for the last 3 years and thanks to that wonderful powder her ulcers never got any bigger.
I have used BFI powder for over sixty (60) years. It was a wonderful product with thousands of amazing results. Apparently the product worked so well that the Greedy Pharm People legislated for it's removal from over the counter sales so that they would be able to gain market share with some other junk product they were pushing. It's time for a revolution People Rise UP and demand that this product be put back on the market for over the counter sales. Contact your lazy do nothing politicos and tell them you want this product back on the market. DO NOT CAVE IN TO THE GREEDY PHARM PEOPLE.
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.
Check online. I still find it. Walgreens for example.
Please tell me what happened to BFI Powder. Appreciated. Thank you.
"I've had this in my med supply cabinet. My mother always had it, too. Went to replenish and it has disappeared. Why?"
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.

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