Penicillin, Calcium Salt, 18 mg


Alexander Fleming, working in England in 1928, discovered penicillin but could not produce enough for medical use. Following the advent of World War II, the British and American governments supported efforts to mass produce this potentially life-saving drug. Chas. Pfizer & Co., in the U.S., had great success with deep tank fermentation. This sealed glass ampule has a paper label that reads in part “PENICILLIN CALCIUM SALT” and “CHAS. PFIZER & CO., INC.” and “Do Not Use After 12-10-43.”

Date Made: 1943

Maker: Charles Pfizer and Company

Location: Currently not on view

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

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Credit Line: Gift of Charles Pfizer and Company; Accession 239425 (1962)

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-10008Catalog Number: M-10008Accession Number: 239425

Object Name: antibioticpharmaceuticalbiologicalOther Terms: Penicillin-Standard; Antibiotics; Biologicals; Drugs; Non-Liquid

Physical Description: penicillin sodium salt, 5,000 Oxford Units (drug active ingredients)glass (container material)Measurements: overall: 10.5 cm x 1.8 cm; 4 1/8 in x 23/32 inoverall: 4 1/8 in x 3/4 in; 10.4775 cm x 1.905 cm


Record Id: nmah_730390

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