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Drug Trivia. By Our Student Pharmacist, Kevin Chang.


We are pharmacists, so we dispense medications every day. You are our precious customers, so you get drugs from us and hopefully you are taking them every day as directed. But do you know how your medicines were discovered?

Today we are going nerdy and talking about some interesting facts of medicines. Maybe, after reading this, you will be the smarty at trivia night someday–who knows?

  1. Coumadin/Jantoven (warfarin): Warfarin was discovered in 1921 when cattle died from hemorrhage illness caused by ingestion of sweet clover. Later on, it was used as rodent poison and then studied as an anticoagulant at the University of Wisconsin. The name WARF-ARIN came from combining the letters in “Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation” and coum-ARIN, the chemical found in sweet clover.
  1. Penicillin: I think no one will disagree that penicillin is one of the most important medicines in the world. Penicillin was discovered by Alexander Fleming, a scientist who tried to grow bacteria on a Petri dish. The Petri dish, however, was contaminated with mold and no bacteria grew on the dish. Penicillin was subsequently isolated from the mold and found to be an antibiotic. Even though prototype penicillin is not often prescribed anymore, its derivatives are still widely used to treat different kinds of infections.
  1. Viagra (sildenafil): Viagra was first designed to treat high blood pressure and chest pain, but the study results were frustrating. The researchers found that some men in the studies had an embarrassing side effect from the drug. These gentlemen had uncontrolled erections after taking the pill. The drug company was soon purchased by Pfizer and Viagra was rebranded to treat erectile dysfunction in man.


I hope these little facts entertained you and will help you score for your trivia team!