Paracetamol: past and present

Health DrSentry August 8, 2016 0 0
Paracetamol is the most widely used of all types of painkillers. It owes its popularity mainly to the few side who knows the way. In this article you read about the history of the famous paracetamol and the current state of affairs regarding the painkiller

Scarcity of antipyretics

At the end of the 19th century, the Netherlands saw a considerable shortage of medicines that could reduce the fever with sick people. Thus they were looking for new ways and one of them was discovered by Harmon Northrop Morse via the reduction of p-nithrophenol with tin in glacial acetic acid, paracetamol called. This discovery was made in the year 1878, but it was later used by physicians for patients and it would take longer for the drug was freely available. The first physician who used the drug was Josef von Mering.

International market

In 1955 the paracetamol in America were marketed under the name Tylenol and in 1956 the tablets were also in the United States market under the name of Panadol. Originally this paracetamols only available on prescription from a doctor for pain and fever. The tablets were characterized as being "not irritating to the stomach", which is the aspirins which were primarily sold at the time, were. Thus the paracetamol was distinguished compared with other painkillers and ultimately the paracetamols in several countries were, including the Netherlands, freely available.

Paracetamol Tourists

Netherlands for its neighbors where paracetamol paradise. In neighboring countries the policy regarding the purchase and use of paracetamol much stricter, so people from Belgium and Germany to the Netherlands to save a stash here. In Belgium paracetamols about 4 to 5 times more expensive than in the Netherlands, is reason enough to come to the Netherlands to beat that. In Germany you can get only 20 paracetamols without having a prescription, if you want more you have to go to the doctor. In the Netherlands this is not so, there are packages available from 50 pieces and you can also get quiet still several packets of.

Exit paracetamol paradise?

On Monday, August 9th, 2010 the newspaper report appeared that the Royal Dutch Society for the Advancement of Pharmacy believes that the free sale of paracetamol in tires should be placed. This measure has already been implemented in Britain and leads to a drastic reduction in the number of hospital admissions through the excessive use of paracetamol.
If large amounts of paracetamol for two weeks, the drug can be dangerous for the functioning of the liver. In the Netherlands, every year 2000 people hospitalized because of "paracetamol abuse. KNMP suspect that this number can be reduced by paracetamol only to sell in packs of 20 pieces per pack.