First Commercially Sold Barbiturate

The first commercially sold barbiturate for medicinal purposes was the sedative, Veronal sold in the USA in 1903. German chemist Adolf von Baeyer synthesized barbituric acid into the organic compound that depress the nervous system.

      Adolf von Baeyer
      Munich, Germany

Additional Information:

  • Bottle for ‘Veronal’ powder – Science Museum
    ‘Veronal’ was the first commercially available barbiturate, sold from 1903 onwards, and was named after the Italian city of Verona. Barbiturates were used to induce sleep by suppressing brain function and were also used as a hypnotic.
  • The history of barbiturates a century after their clinical … – NCBI
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  • Barbital – Wikipedia
    Barbital (or barbitone), marketed under the brand names Veronal for the pure acid and Medinal for the sodium salt, was the first commercially available barbiturate.
  • Barbiturate – Wikipedia
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  • Barbiturate – an overview | ScienceDirect Topics
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