Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Ohio Moments


Drug firm thrived from early start

On June 10, 1828, William Stanley Merrell opened the first apothecary shop west of the Allegheny Mountains - Western Market Drug Store - in downtown Cincinnati.

In 1932 the business, then called the William S. Merrell Co., opened a research and manufacturing facility in Reading. By 1939 it operated out of 10 buildings on 9 acres. By 1978, the company was on 37 acres and employed 1,100.

Merrell scientists invented Cepacol mouthwash and throat lozenges and Fibrogen, a clotting agent.

Merrell merged with Dow Chemicals in 1980. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals Inc. is famous for developing Seldane, an anti-allergy drug, and Nicoderm, a smoking cessation aid.

- Rebecca Goodman

E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com or call 768-8361.




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