May 29: Pharmacy Fun Fact
What drug was the first antibiotic used by doctors?
Question: What drug was the first antibiotic used by doctors?
Penicillin was the first antibiotic used by doctors and was discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928.1 Fleming discovered penicillin after returning from a 2-week vacation to find that mold had developed on an accidentally contaminated staphylococcus culture plate. The culture of penicillin prevented further growth of staphylococcus.2
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