Odd facts

Aspirin.  I was reading a story on Yahoo about Billy the Kid’s hideout up for sale in New Mexico (  https://homes.yahoo.com/photos/photos-billy-the-kid-s-hideout-slideshow)  and one of the comments joked about some 100 year old aspirin and another guy said it had not been invented yet.  I thought it was invented in the early 1800’s so I went to Wikipedia to see.

The active ingredient was originally from the bark of a willow tree and was discovered in 1763 but was not synthesized until 1897 so the second guy was correct.

Now to the thing that amazed me.  One of the things Wikipedia says  is that in Australia it is considered a Pharmacy Medicine. If you want more than 24 tablets you have to get them from a pharmacy.

I know aspirin can have  side effects and can cause Reyes in kids but really?


Schedule 2 Pharmacy Medicine[edit]

Schedule 2 (S2) drugs and poisons, otherwise known as Pharmacy Medicines, are substances and preparations for therapeutic use that:

  • Are substantially safe in use but where advice or counseling is available if necessary
  • Are for minor ailments or symptoms that:
    • Can be easily recognised by the consumer
    • Do not require medical diagnosis or management

Examples include:

  • Dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant
  • Simple analgesics such as aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen in packs containing more than 24 tablets (packs containing up to 24 tablets of simple analgesics are unscheduled, and can be sold in any shop)
  • Nonsedating antihistamines such as loratadine
  • Nasal sprays containing decongestants or steroids

The location of these medications in the pharmacy varies from state to state.


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