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Pill project

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 7:27 pm
by monkeygirl39564
Who invented the first pill and when was it invented?

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:13 am
by sunbeam
It is difficult to find information about this on the web, because when you search for "pill" you usually get history and information on a particular kind of pill for birth control.

Perhaps you can look in the encyclopedia in the library, or ask your librarian if there are medical books which may have a brief history of the pill!

Good luck

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 9:29 am
by Craig_Bridge
Try looking up "Pharmaceutical Industry - Tablets" in Britanica or another encyclopedia.

The means of mass producing Gelatin capsules was invented by Eli Lilly shortly after 1876. Prior to that time, medicines were mainly delivered in powdered or liquid form. Generic capsules was Eli Lilly & Company's first major product and was sold to pharmacists and other drug companies to be filled with powdered medicines to prevent the bitter taste.

Tablet making machines came later. Unfortunately the expired patent records aren't online.

Pharmacists compounded early tablets by hand using "moist cookie dough" like "pilling" processes prior to 1876. The capsules made the hand compounding process simpler.

Re: Pill project

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:29 pm
by dancingonli93
In google, I searched "who invented the first medicinal pill"
one of the best results was ... -booster25

If you type that into google, you'll come up with some good results