Ibuprofen was launched as a prescription drug called Brufen in 1969. Dr Stewart Adams led a research team at Boots, beginning the work 16 years earlier in 1953. They tested over 1,500 new compounds during their search before Brufen could be marketed as a potent non-steroidal antirheumatic agent. By 1980 Brufen had become the UK’s no.1 anti-inflammatory treatment.
“It is a curious irony, and at the same time fitting and appropriate, that the world’s most widely prescribed compound for rheumatoid diseases was developed at The Boots Company, because the company’s founder, Jesse Boot, was a victim of this painful and crippling disease”