Happy Birthday Ibuprofen!

Ibuprofen relief! By Niseag03, reproduced under CC Licence from Flickr

Today marks the anniversary of a local discovery which had a profound effect on medicine and pain medication in particular: the invention of Ibuprofen.

A team of research scientists based in a Nottingham laboratory owned by the chemists Boots came up with the formula 50 years ago in December 1961 and swiftly patented it. Originally marketed as Brufen, Ibuprofen is now sold under its own name and under such familiar brand names as Nurofen, and as such is used by millions worldwide to relieve pain, fever and discomfort.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the drug, or about the weird & wonderful world of biomedicine, why not check out our range of databases on the subject on Library Catalogue Plus? You should find Scifinder and Reaxys of particular interest. Please note that for off-campus access please login to the Library pages via the Remote Working Portal.