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Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salt) U. S. P.

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Dates
1956
1966
circa 1956 – 1966
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Accession Number
006033015
Description
Full cylindrical semi-transparent brown glass Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salt) U. S. P. bottle with non-removable cylindrical black plastic screw cap; course white particles; circular base has stippled surface, slight push up, and manufacturer information embossed; straight side walls with cream and…
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Accession Number
006033015
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
MeSH Heading
Digestive System Diseases
Constipation
Pain -- drug therapy
Arthritis
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs, Non-Prescription
MM= Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
MM= Drugs -- container -- bottle
Description
Full cylindrical semi-transparent brown glass Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salt) U. S. P. bottle with non-removable cylindrical black plastic screw cap; course white particles; circular base has stippled surface, slight push up, and manufacturer information embossed; straight side walls with cream and navy paper label with printed product information and dosage attached to front; round shoulders taper to short cylindrical neck, round neck ring and cylindrical finish with continuous external thread; mold lines from base to top and around neck and base; cap has flat top, vertical indents on sides, and internal continuous thread.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Received from anonymous donor via Kingston General Hospital Public Affairs.
Maker
Ingram & Bell Limited
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1956
1966
circa 1956 – 1966
Date Remarks
Presence of Dominion Glass Company diamond logo, line month code, and “6” year code; presence of Ingram & Bell logo discontinued in late 1960s (at least 1968)
Material
glass: brown
paper: cream
ink: navy, black
plastic: black
Inscriptions
Printed on label: “INGRAM & BELL LIMITED // MAGNESIUM SULPHATE // (EPSOM SALT) // U. S. P. // Dose: For Single Administration: ¼ to ½ oz. (½ to 1 // tablespoonful). For Repeated Administraion: 30 to 90 grs. // (¼ to 1 teaspoonful). // (L.) // INGRAM & BELL // LIMITED // TORONTO // MONTREAL // WINNIPEG // CALGARY // VANCOUVER // CANADA”; stamped on label: “822393”; embossed on bottom: “D // 6 // 30 // 5”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A5-6 Box 5 Row E
Length
6.9 cm
Diameter
3.6 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor soiling all over label minor tears, abrasion, and separation along top of label
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Website
Document
Document (online)
Reference Comments
“Epsom Salt: Benefits, Uses, and Side Effects.” healthline, Healthline Media, 2019. Accessed 10 August 2019.
Ingram & Bell Limited. Pharmaceutical Catalogue, 1964.
MDS Inc. “Mds Inc. Annual Information Form for the Year Ended October 31, 2002.” MDS Inc., 2003.
“Cardinal Health Canada Inc.” Canadian Business Resource, Canadian Newspaper Services International Limited, 2019. Accessed 7 August 2019.
Miller, George and Elizabeth A. Jorgensen. “Some Notes on Bottle Mould Numbers from the Dominion Glass Company and its Predecessors.” Parks Canada, 1984.
Research Facts
Magnesium Sulphate, commonly known as Epsom Salt, is recognized as having several medical applications; when taken internally, it is most often used to treat low levels of magnesium in the body as well as constipation and acid indigestion; Epsom salt is also a common bath salt used to treat pain and symptoms of arthritis and fibromyalgia; other medical uses include stress reduction and improved sleep, however many of the health claims associated with Epsom salts have not been scientifically studied.
Ingram & Bell Limited was a medical supply company first established in Toronto in 1905; the company became a Canadian leader in the distribution of medical products; their wide selection included equipment, surgical tools, and pharmaceuticals; as the company grew, they established branches in Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver; became Ingram & Bell Inc. and 49% owned by MDS in 1986; MDS acquired 100% in 1993; became Source Medical Corporation after merger with Allegiance Healthcare Canada Inc. in 1997; acquired by Cardinal Health Canada Inc. in 2005.
The D in diamond symbol and date codes embossed on the bottom indicates the bottle itself was made by Canadian glass manufacturer Dominion Glass Company; the progressive line system month code and “6” year code, along with Ingram & Bell logo on product label, signify it was produced in either 1956 or 1966.
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Tincture Merthiolate, Thimerosal

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Dates
1957
1961
circa 1957-1961
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Vaccination
Accession Number
006033043 a-b
Description
Rectangular paper box (a) with orange, white, and black print detailing the product and manufacturing information, as well as directions for use and ingredients, with the instructions in both English and French; inside the box is a small brown glass bottle (b) with a black plastic screw cap and pap…
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Accession Number
006033043 a-b
Category
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Vaccination
MeSH Heading
Antisepsis
Alcohols
Pharmacy
Description
Rectangular paper box (a) with orange, white, and black print detailing the product and manufacturing information, as well as directions for use and ingredients, with the instructions in both English and French; inside the box is a small brown glass bottle (b) with a black plastic screw cap and paper label with orange, white, and black print containing the same information as the box; the bottle is 3/4 full of liquid, and attached to the cap is a brush applicator which sits inside the liquidalso known as Thimerosal.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - box: Length 3.6 cm X Width 3.6 cm X Height 8.0 cm
b - bottle: Height 7.5 cm X Diameter 3.5 cm
Provenance
Received from anonymous donor via Kingston General Hospital Public Affairs.
Maker
Eli Lilly and Company (Canada) Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Toronto
Site Made (State)
Ontario
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1957
1961
circa 1957-1961
Date Remarks
Based on date printed on box.
Material
paper: tan
ink: orange, white, black
glass: brown
plastic: black
liquid: [not visible]
Inscriptions
Printed on top of box: "30 cc. (1 Fl. Oz.) No. 99 // TINCTURE // MERTHIOLATE // (Thimerosal, Lilly), // Not N.F. // 1:1000"; printed on front of box: "30 cc. (1 Fl. Oz.) No. 99 // TINCTURE // MERTHIOLATE // (Thimerosal, Lilly), // Not N.F. // 1:1000 // A Colored Alcohol-Acetone- // Aqueous Solution // WITH APPLICATOR // For External Use Only // OCT 4 5 1961 // Lilly // ELI LILLY AND COMPANY // (CANADA) LTD., TORONTO"; printed on side of box: "A superior germicide for presurgical prepara- // tion of the skin and first-aid antisepsis. Apply // locally one to three times daily, or as directed // by the physician. // Do not use in combination with or following the // application of acids, the salts of heavy metals, // or iodine. Do not bandage while wet."; printed on back of box: "PRINTED IN U.S.A. // Contains 'Merthiolate' (Thi- // merosal, Lilly), 0.1 Gm., with // sufficient inert coloring ma- // terial to define the area of // application, in a mixture of // ethyl and isopropyl alcohol, // 50 cc., acetone, 10 cc., mon- // oethanolamine, 0.1 Gm., and // water, q.s. to make 100 cc. // 1802-16357(L) // CAS-7302"; printed on side of box: "Antiseptique de toute excellence pour la pré- // paration pré-chirurgicale de la peau et pour les // premier soins. // Appliquer localement une à trois fois par jour // ou selon l'avis du médecin. // Ne doit pas être employé avec ou après l'appli- // cation de substances acides, de sels métalliques // lourds ou d'iode. Ne pas bander avant que // l'antiseptique ne soit sec."; printed on label on bottle: "Contains 'Merthiolate' 0.1 Gm. with // sufficient inert coloring material to de- // fine the area of application, in a mix- // ture of absolute ethyl and isopropyl // alcohols 50 cc., acetone, 10 cc., mono- // ethanolamine 0.1 Gm. and purified // water q.s. to make 100 cc. // 30 cc. (1 Fl. Oz.) No. 99 // TINCTURE // MERTHIOLATE // (Thimerosal, Lilly), Not N.F. // 1:1000 // Alcohol 50 Percent // Colored Alcohol Acetone Aqueous // Solution // FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY // CAX. // 30678-B // Lilly // Eli Lilly & Co. (Canada) Ltd., Toronto // Apply locally one to three times daily, // or as directed by the physician. Do not // use in combination with or following // the application of acids, the salts of // heavy metals, or iodine. Do not band- // age while wet. // 1802-16357(L)"; embossed on bottom of bottle: "
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A3-10 Box 1
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites, dictionary
Reference Comments
"Blakiston's Illustrated Pocket Medical Dictionary," ed. by Normand L. Hoerr, M.D., and Arthur Osol, Ph.D., 1952, p. 431
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Thimerosal in Vaccines", accessed Dec 4, 2019: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/thimerosal/index.html.
Society for Archaeology Incorporated, "Bottle and Glass Makers Markings": https://sha.org/bottle/makersmarks.htm
Lilly "Who We Are," accessed Dec 4, 2019: https://www.lilly.ca/en/about/index.aspx
Research Facts
Merthiolate is the trademard for sodium ethyl mercurithiosalicylate, a light cream-coloured crystalline powder, used as an antiseptic, germicide and fungicide.
Thimerosal is mercury based, and it is a preservative that is used in vaccines; because of health concerns, it is only used in small doses and is not present in many vaccines in the United States or Eurpoe today (2019).
This bottle was made by the Owens-Illinois Glass Company
Eli Lilly and Company was founded in 1876 by Colonel Eli Lilly in the U.S. It is today a very large, global pharmaceutical company. Lilly Canada was established in 1938, and they worked together with scientists at the University of Toronto. It built its first facility in Toronto in 1946.
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