8 Famous Figures with Pharmacy Pasts

JULY 14, 2015
Meghan Ross, Associate Editor
3.     John Pemberton


A bad injury in the Civil War inspired this pharmacist to create a carbonated drink that could give him some pain relief. The first formulation of Coca-Cola, which was originally called French Wine Coca, was made with coca leaves (cocaine) and kola nuts.

Pemberton eventually sold his company because he needed money to support his family and his morphine addiction.



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