115 years of ASPIRIN®
The effects of ASA-like substances have been known since the ancient Romans recorded the use of willow bark to fight fevers. Why the willow? Because this tree’s bark and leaves contain a substance called salicin, a natural compound similar to acetylsalicylic acid (also known as ASA), the chemical name for ASPIRIN®.
In 1897, a German chemist working for Friedrich Bayer and Company was looking for a way to help his father, who was suffering from arthritis. His work led him to ASA, and its effectiveness led to the development of a product called ASPIRIN®. By 1899, Bayer was providing ASPIRIN® to doctors to help their patients.