Fact of the day: who invented Tylenol?

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Who invented Tylenol?

Tylenol [acetaminophen] was discovered by David W. Young, a graduate of Covington Latin School and the University of Kentucky, while working on chemical patents at Standard Oil of Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio. – Wikipedia

When acetaminophen was discovered, it was thought to be useless. Therefore, the patent went with no problem to David Young himself, rather than to the University employer. Sucks for them. Young later discovered its use and sold the patent to Johnson & Johnson, who marketed the drug as Tylenol in 1955, first to children, then to the widespread marketplace.

Tylenol is one of those brands that has become so household in nature that it has lost its brand value (in monetary terms) – the name becomes a common term for the drug and has little footing when it comes to brand name infringement.

Arieanna fact: I have consumed more than 500 Tylenol this year alone (moderate guess).

10 Responses to “Fact of the day: who invented Tylenol?”

  1. carol says:

    my husband doesn’t know how to use the computer so he asks me to look up certain things.he just asked 2 days ago= who invented tylonel and how is it made.i use it alot. butt, he gets inqusitive and loikes to learn about things -out of the blue.so can u give me some kind of answer for him? ctssteve51@yahoo.com

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  3. Nicole says:

    Im doing a project on the History of tylenol and I think it is absolutely fascinating. Can you tell me more?

  4. rachel says:

    I Love Tylenol!!!!<3 <3
    && muffins!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. bob says:

    i am a fan of tylenol.

  6. tylenol is toxic to your liver
    people have died

  7. Jo says:

    I hope all of you heavy Tylenol users have seen the news about the drug that came out around July 1st (2009), to wit:

    FDA: “Tylenol = Liver Damage”?

    Even a small amount of Tylenol and similar generic brands of acetaminophen could cause liver damage. The FDA’s newest guidelines say the maximum daily dose listed on Tylenol and dozens of other painkillers should be reduced to help curb deadly overdoses, according to several news announcements published by the Associated Press on June 30, 2009.

    As far back as 2006, studies like the FDA finding warned consumers that acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Tylenol and similar generic brands with the same ingredients is dangerous for liver damage. This comes in the face of the fact that Tylenol is Americans’ over-the-counter painkiller of choice. Acetaminophen overdose is also the leading cause of acute liver damage and failure according to the FDA.

    According to the 2006 article, “Tylenol Found to Cause Liver Damage, Even in Small Doses,” published July 5, 2006 in Natural News, “Healthy adults who took the maximum dose of Tylenol for two weeks were found to have liver damage,” according to a study the FDA found in the July 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. See, “Aminotransferase Elevations in Healthy Adults Receiving 4 Grams of Acetaminophen Daily: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” Paul B. Watkins; Neil Kaplowitz; John T. Slattery; Connie R. Colonese; Salvatore V. Colucci; Paul W. Stewart; Stephen C. Harris, JAMA. 2006;296:87-93.

  8. seslichattv says:

    Can you tell me more?

  9. lovewhoyoulove says:

    Can anyone tell me why i cannot find more info about the inventor of tylenol? david w. young is not on wikipedia by himself or even as affilated with tylenol….help please!

  10. Required Name says:

    Tylenol is great for hangovers :)

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