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Consult Pharm. 2012 May;27(5):322-9. doi: 10.4140/TCP.n.2012.322.

Aspirin: a history, a love story.

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University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, Storrs, CT, USA.

Abstract

Most pharmacists know that aspirin's origins lie with willow bark, but they may be unaware of its role in the development of the pharmaceutical industry. Evolving from salacin (the active ingredient in many plant remedies) to salicylic acid (an analgesic in its own right) to the more effective, less toxic acetylsalicylic acid, this pain reliever cornered the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory market for more than 70 years. It helped the dye industry branch into pharmaceuticals, and is now used in multiple indications.

PMID:
22591976
DOI:
10.4140/TCP.n.2012.322
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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