April 3: Pharmacy Fun Fact

What was the initial reason that Detroit pharmacist James Vernor created the ginger ale, Vernors?

What was the initial reason that Detroit pharmacist James Vernor created the ginger ale, Vernors?

Answer: Stomach aches! Vernors was created partially by mistake while working on a concoction to help relieve stomachaches when he was called to the Civil War in 1862. When returning from the war, he discovered that the barrel he had left was filled with a delicious beverage. The drink went public in 1866.

REFERENCE

Fascinating pharmacy facts to inspire your pharmacy technician career. R.Ross. https://rosseducation.edu/blog/fascinating-pharmacy-facts-to-inspire-your-pharmacy-technician-career/. Published June 16, 2016. Accessed April 3, 2020.

Stay tuned each week for our new series: the Friday Pharmacy Fun Fact! Impress your friends and colleagues with useful facts about the history of pharmacy, inventions created by pharmacists, and more. If you have a fun fact to contribute, email AAntrim@pharmacytimes.com, and it may be included!