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

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

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Usage conditions apply
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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Object Name
otc preparation
Other Terms
Bismuth-Formic-Iodide Compound; Patent Medicines; Drugs; Non-Liquid
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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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
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I love this product. It has healed impetigo, severe abrasions, and numerous other skin conditions. My son got his leg stuck between the fender and wheel on ATV and his whole lower leg was a severe abrasion. As football practice was starting and he was the main running back he needed to be well. He also didn’t want his coach to know as he would get a big lecture. So I had him shower that leg for quite awhile then I used BFI powder and wrapped it up. At night he would redo the shower and we would reapply BFI and let it be on a pillow case. It was healed by the first game which was 10 days later. It doesn’t burn so kids will let you apply to chigger bites and other minor infections but I saw prooof of it’s greatness with that severe abrasion. Thanks
This stuff is the real deal !! 50 years of healing me and a army of friends! Please bring it back or the USA will have lots of cuts !!!
In 1948 while witling with my new B.S. pocket knife I managed to cut, nearly off, the tip of my left index finger. Quick trip to my local Dr's office, so he snipped it off the rest of the way. He sprinkled the wound with BFI Surgical Powder , wrapped it with gauze bandage and told me to change the dressing daily, and sprinkle it with BFI Powder, available from local Drug Store. I did as directed and the tip grew back with no sign of trauma. From that time till now I've never been without BFI in my Medicine Chest, just celebrated 80th birthday last June.One additional use for the powder came a few years later when I was covered with poison Ivy which was rapidly spreading all over my arms and hands. I swabbed the rash with Mercuric Chrome (also no longer available) and sprinkled it with BFI which stuck to the moist pimples. Within 24 hours the Ivy was healing and 48 hours later I was cured. All I have now are two nearly empty shakers of BFI, don't know how I'll manage without this Magic Powder.
I was born in 1941 and my mother used BFI powder always...she was the neighbourhood nurse and it was foremost in her first aide kit...but the biggest job the powder was used on was the year [in the 1960's] my aunt [she lived in Cochrane, Ontario] had breast cancer and had one breast aunt was in a real mess because the skin grafts kept failing...needless to say the other breast was over looked and because she was very heavy breasted she ended up with something like rot under it...when my mother arrived [she lived in Sudbury, Ontario] and saw the state sister was in she was livid [she then took over my aunt's care] mom sent my cousin to the drug store to get BFI powder and the rest was worked its magic and in no time it infection was cleared up...I am having a problem and would dearly love to get my hands on some...I wonder if it's available in Europe, it would be worth the trip.
I have used this product for punctures, scrapes, bites, abscesses, and any other skin issue. BFI powder has been a life saving powder for humans and pets.
I first bought this product for a cut. I have used it on burns, scrapes, insect bites and stings, heat rash, diaper rash, and as an insect repellent. I put a small amount around each ankle or sock top and also around each wrist. It can also be applied to the back of the neck before going in the woods. It will keep the chiggers away. BRING IT BACK!!!!!!! We need it.
My father did a lot of old time first aid treatment, in fact both of my parents did. I had a sore on my ankle once that would not heal. BFI was the only thing that would get it because it was sort of a weepy injury, it just kept getting bumped and remained wet. I learn to use it that it for anything that was kind of wet and not very deep. Worked like a charm and then I met a woman who had many many dogs, she was a breeder who only fed them species appropriate food and mostly doctored the broods herself. She told me BFI I was the only thing you could put on them, for hot spots etc., because dogs, “worry their wounds” (lick them). I just got a very strange type of irritation, on the top of one of my feet where the bone kind of protrudes. BFI healed it quick and at 70, I don’t heal that quickly. It was amazing. The wound was painful and I needed to be barefoot or in flip-flops, so it was not convenient in winter time. I have only one bottle left I gave the other to the dog lady but I would sure like to find more. 300 bucks on eBay just won’t do !
I have two 1 1/4 oz shakers of this remaining and I am looking into having a compounding pharmacy make more for me. It is the best product ever . I get rash on the back of my neck or a bug bite or a pimple and one application pretty much clears up most of it. I called the company when I went to replace because I could not find it in the stores, I was told they discontinued its production because they could not get the active ingredient Bismuth-Formic - Iodine 16%.( B.F.I.) . I always wondered why the name was BFI...duh. . Reading the other input on the page was enlightening, second the "bring it back" comments. It simply works on so many things. Better than prescription creams I have been prescribed, better than anything.
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.
Yes, the product is called "BFI" but it's not antiseptic; it's only rice powder with no medicinal properties.
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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