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Aspirin: A History, A Love Story

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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.
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Keywords: ASA = Acetylsalicylic acid; Acetylsalicylic acid; Aspirin; COX = Cyclo-oxygenase; CV = Cardiovascular; Cardiovascular disease; GI = Gastrointestinal; MI = Myocardial infarction; NSAID = Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug; OTC = Over-the-counter

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-05-01

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