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ASPIRIN – A 21ST CENTURY WONDER DRUG

Added: (Tue Dec 19 2000)

Pressbox (Press Release) - ASPIRIN – A 21ST CENTURY WONDER DRUG

Over the Christmas period, millions of people the world over will use aspirin to relieve their aches and pains as they have been doing for over 100 years since the drug was first patented with the UK Patent Office on December 22nd 1898.

As the active ingredient in more than 50 over-the-counter drugs aspirin will be the most versatile and effective medicine this Christmas.

Felix Hoffmann, a German chemist set out to find a drug to ease his father’s arthritis and made the discovery in 1897, although use of aspirin’s main compound salicin can be traced back to the fifth century B.C. Hippocrates, a Greek physician, discovered that chewing on willow bark could relieve pain and reduce fever.

100 billion aspirin tablets are produced and consumed annually and as a 21st century wonder drug, scientists believe aspirin could help prevent heart attacks, certain types of cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease.

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Issued by Prowse & Company Ltd on behalf of The Patent Office
For further information please contact:
Peter Colegate, Prowse & Company Ltd, 01372 363386
Gary Townley, The Patent Office, 01633 814245
View the Patent Office website at www.patent.gov.uk

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