Private prescription: A thought-provoking tonic on the lighter side Column by Raymond C. Rowe, AstraZeneca, UK Please note that these are the personal opinions of the author and do not necessarily represent those of AstraZeneca. Much has been written recently concerning entrepreneurial activity in some Schools of Pharmacy in the UK resulting in spin-off companies with new ideas in drug delivery or manufacture. Much has also been made of the involvement of pharmacists  , so much so that one might think that this was a new phenomenon. However, this is not the case; pharmacists over the years have often been at the forefront of activity in this area and some have certainly made fortunes with products that have become household names. A noteworthy example in the UK, and one that is well worth examining, is that of James Lofthouse.</P><h5>A brief history</h5> James Lofthouse was born in Lancaster (England, UK) in 1842 and opened his pharmacy in Fleetwood on the Fylde coast in 1865. At that time Fleetwood was a growing fishing port and home of the North Atlantic fishing trawlers teeming with fishermen suffering from various bronchial complaints. Seizing the opportunity, James formulated an extra strong bronchial
Drug Discovery Today – Elsevier
Published: Mar 1, 2002
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