Thursday, April 15, 2010
The first use of warfarin was as rodent pesticide. It was used to kill rats.
After an army recruit tried to commit suicide by ingesting large amounts of rat poison in the early 1950s and survived, warfarin was tested as a therapeutic anticoagulant, and approved in 1954 for that use in humans. President Eisenhower was one of the earliest recipients of the drug, after a heart attack.
You never know where beneficial medicines may come from....
Posted by Dan at 7:17 PM