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.

Date Made: ca 1895

Maker: John Wyeth & Brother

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Medicine, Health & Medicine, American Enterprise

Exhibition: American Enterprise

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Gift of Robert Grodanz, David's Pharmacy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2002.0138.150Accession Number: 2002.0138Catalog Number: 2002.0138.150

Object Name: pharmaceuticalOther Terms: Drugs

Physical Description: salicylic acid (drug active ingredients)Measurements: overall: 6 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in; 16.51 cm x 5.715 cm


Record Id: nmah_1215536

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