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Bottle of Terramycin with original contents and original carton, England, 1964-1966

After the discovery of penicillin, other antibiotics were developed. These were generally based on chemicals produced by micro-organisms – like the mould which produced penicillin. In 1949, the drug company Pfizer developed ‘Terramycin’, a brand name for the multipurpose antibiotic whose later generic name was ‘Oxytetracycline’.

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    Glossary: penicillin

    The first antibiotic drug to treat infections which is made from the mould penicillium. Its discovery is attributed to Alexander Fleming in 1928.

    Glossary: micro-organism

    A tiny single-celled living organism too small to be seen by the naked eye. Micro-organisms that cause disease are called bacteria.

    Glossary: oxytetracycline

    an antibiotic (penicillin) administered by mouth to treat infections caused by a wide variety of bacteria; Terramycin is a trade mark of Pfizer Products Inc.:oxytetracyline and derivatives thereof, and substances containing oxytetracyline or derivatives thereof, all prepared for use as antibiotics, first registered in 1954

    Glossary: antibiotic

    A substance that is used to treat infections.