Glass 100ml bottle in box of Valium 2 syrup (diazepam), in original carton

Made:
1974-1982 in Welwyn Garden City and Europe
maker:
Roche

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Back centre and left, 1x100ml bottle in box of Valium 2 syrup (diazepam), by Roche, expires 1983 (1986-1248/537). Front
Reproduced courtesy of The Roche Historical Archive. Enquiries to Science Museum, London
Reproduced courtesy of The Roche Historical Archive. Enquiries to Science Museum, London

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Glass 100ml bottle in box of Valium 2 syrup (diazepam), in original carton. Bottle: 120 mm x 40 mm diameter, 255 g. Produced by Roche, English, expires 1983.

Disorders such as anxiety and severe agitation are treated using ‘Valium’. It is the brand name for diazepam, a sedative drug. It also treats psychiatric illnesses such as bipolar disorder, and controls convulsions. Valium was first prescribed in 1963 and is still dispensed today. The drug became known as ‘mother’s little helper’ in the 1960s and 1970s due to the large numbers of women taking it. Valium became hugely popular and remains the bestselling pharmaceutical in history, as of 2010.

This bottle contains 100ml of Valium syrup. It is seen on the left. A smaller drop bottle of Valium (1989-168/5) is on the right. Both were manufactured by pharmaceutical company Roche, specifically for the French market.

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
1986-1248/537
Materials:
card, complete, diazepam, glass and metal
Measurements:
bottle: 120 mm 40 mm, 255g
type:
diazepam
taxonomy:
  • drug
credit:
Donated by A M Christopher

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