Meet Isaac E. Emerson. He earned a chemistry degree, then moved to Baltimore and opened up a pharmacy. Soon he had three pharmacies.
Emerson noticed that his customers were always complaining of headaches. The products he was selling weren’t doing the trick. He, being a chemist and all, decided to make a concoction that would cure what ailed them.
This is how we get Bromo Seltzer, which turned out to be a mild tranquilizer and was lethal in high doses. The FDA banned the product in the 1980s. But the company had almost a 100-year run and amassed millions before that happened.
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