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General Information About Aspirin

Aspirin (also known as acetylsalicylate, acetylsalicylic acid or ASA and O-acetylsalicylic acid) was first prepared by Charles Frederic Gerhardt (a French chemist) in 1853. During that time, it was only known as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA).

It was only in 1899 when Bayer, a German chemical and pharmaceutical company founded in Barmen, Germany branded ASA "Aspirin". Aspirin was first popular as an anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and analgesic drug. Researches which were conducted from the 1960s to the 1980s when Aspirin showed another useful property of the drug as an effective anti-clotting agent.

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