July 17: Pharmacy Fun Fact

What was the 19th century tonic that was meant to be a meat substitute for those who could not afford it?

What was the 19th century tonic that was meant to be a meat substitute for those who could not afford it?

Answer: Coca Beef Tonic!

In the late 19th century, cocaine was embraced as a cure-all by pharmacists. A tonic was created called Coca Beef Tonic, which contained not only cocaine but also alcohol, and had numerous celebrity endorsements.

REFERENCE

Kang L, Pedersen N. Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything. New York, NY: Workman Publishing; 2017.

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