Aspirin is a medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Also known as acetylsalicylic acid, aspirin was patented in 1899 to Felix Hoffman and Hermann Dreser of the German drug firm Bayer. Today it is one of the most widely used medications in the world. It is estimated that over 100 billion pills are consumed annually. It is regarded as a safe and effective medication.
The medical use of aspirin dates back to antiquity. An extract of the willow tree, its beneficial effects are described in various documents down through the centuries. In the late 19th century Bayer developed aspirin and began to sell it globally. Apart from treating pain, fever and inflammation, aspirin may also be beneficial in the treatment of a wide range of other conditions.
Aspirin was patented in the year 1899 On This Day.