Original free sample of Bayer 205, suramin powder, Germany, 1926

1926 in Leverkusen

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Original free sample, in bottle, of Bayer 205, suramin powder, by Friedrich Bayer and Co., Germany, 1926

Bayer 205, now known as suramin, is effective against micro-organisms called trypanosomes, which are responsible for tropical diseases such as sleeping sickness. The drug was on the market from 1920. Developed in 1916 by a team at the German dye manufacturers Frederich Bayer and Co., Bayer 205’s chemical composition was kept a secret from other drug manufacturers. This bottle was given out free of charge for clinical tests of the first production batch.


Materia Medica & Pharmacology
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  • furnishing and equipment
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  • vessel
Farbenfabriken Bayer AG

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