On This Day – August 10 : German chemist Felix Hoffman made the first synthesis of the analgesic aspirin on this day in 1897

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Aspirin was one of the first drugs to become commercial available and is still the most widely used drug in the world. Approximately 35,000 metric tonnes are produced and consumed each year – that’s enough to make more than 100 billion aspirin tablets.

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What happened today in chemistry? Explore 366 days of chemistry history at On This Day in Chemistry, an RSC Learn Chemistry site. rsc.li/chemistry-calendar