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Why Nurofen?
Why Nurofen?
  • Nurofen’s success is the result of over 30 years of research and development. We are experienced in pain relief, and we are here to help.
  • Unlike Paracetamol, Nurofen contains Ibuprofen which also has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Nurofen (200mg) can be taken with water
  • No.1 branded pain relief

The story of ibuprofen starts in 1953, with a team led by a talented young pharmacist named Dr Stewart Adams. It is a story of perseverance, a passion for science, and above all, a desire to improve people’s lives.

The Nurofen Story

1950sIsolating the anti-inflammatory action of aspirin, then trying to improve it

Dr Adams started his research by looking at aspirin, and in particular its anti-inflammatory mode of action. He tested more than 200 salicylate compounds, similar to aspirin, but was unable to deliver a significant improvement. However, he did identify the carboxylic part of the molecule as important for the anti-inflammatory effect.1


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    Reckitt Benckiser Archival Assets 2019: 3.1.3 [‘Pharmacy education brochure, Nurofen UK launch, 1983’]

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    Reckitt Benckiser Archival Assets 2019: 2.2.1. [Dr M Busson speaking at Nurofen launch, 1983]

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