Brown glass jar with paper label that reads in part “100 / OSCODAL / T.M. REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. AND CANADA / TABLETS / BRAND OF CODESTROL” and “Accepted by Council on / Pharmacy and Chemistry / of American Medical / Association / H. A. METZ / LABORATORIES, Inc. / NEW YORK / CANADIAN DISTRIBUTORS / WINTHROP CHEMICO CO., INC. / WINDSOR, ONT.”

Casimir Funk Funk (1884-1967), a Polish-American biochemist who was among the first to formulate (in 1912) the concept of vitamins, and who served as head of the Metz laboratories in the early 1920s, prepared the first batch of Oscodal, a cod liver oil concentrate. Despite the statement on the label, the term Oscodal does not seem to have been registered with USPTO.

Ref: “Vitamin Discoverer, Casimir Funk, Dead,” New York Times (Nov. 21, 1967), pp. 1 and 47.

Date Made: ca. 1925-1932

Maker: H.A. Metz Laboratories

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

Subject: Sterling Drug Collection


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Credit Line: Gift of The History Factory

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2001.0314.792Accession Number: 2001.0314Catalog Number: 2001.0314.792

Object Name: otc preparationVitamin/Mineral Product

Measurements: overall: 3 3/4 in x 1 5/8 in x 1 1/8 in; 9.525 cm x 4.12369 cm x 2.8575 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-f9b6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1246549

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