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Container for 'Broxil' oral penicillin tablets, England, 1979-1981

‘Broxil’ was one of the first semi-synthetic penicillins to be produced. It was introduced in 1959 by Beecham, a major pharmaceutical company (now part of GlaxoSmithKline ). Broxil could be taken in tablet form and as it is acid resistant, it is not destroyed in the stomach but can instead survive long enough to reach the blood stream.

Object number:

1976-630 Pt19

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