19th And 20th Century Pharmaceutical Research

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During the 19th and 20th century pharmaceutical researchers didn’t have enough resources to test out medications. The lack or resources lead to a high number of health disasters. In the 1930s more than a dozen woman went blind when they used a mascara that contained a chemical that could burn the skin. One of the women effected, conditions were so bad that she died from an infection. In 1937 a pharmaceutical agent named diethylene glycol (DEG) wasn’t tested, which led to a lot of deaths. A company used DEG in a cough syrup called elixir sulfanilamide, which was used to treat conditions from sore throat to gonorrhea. Not knowing how poisonous the solvent DEG could be, the company placed the product on the market. This product lead to the death

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