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Dates
1942
1997
circa 1942-1997
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Psychiatry
Treatment, General
Accession Number
016002002 a-b
Description
Cylindrical clear plastic bottle (a) with Nembutal pills, with removable plastic cap (b) and paper label reaching almost all the way around; contains two oblong brown pills and a cotton ball; the label is printed in light green, dark blue, yellow, and white ink, and details the quantity, purpose, t…
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Accession Number
016002002 a-b
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Pharmacy and Drug Artifacts
Classification
Pharmacy, General
Treatment
Psychiatry
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Pharmaceuticals
Pharmacy
Psychiatry
Psychoanalysis
Drug Packaging -- container -- bottle
Drugs
Description
Cylindrical clear plastic bottle (a) with Nembutal pills, with removable plastic cap (b) and paper label reaching almost all the way around; contains two oblong brown pills and a cotton ball; the label is printed in light green, dark blue, yellow, and white ink, and details the quantity, purpose, title, dosage, and manufacturing information for the pills.
Number Of Parts
2
Part Names
a - container: 5.1 cm Height x 1.9 cm Diam.
b - cap:1.5 cm Height x 2,0 cm Diam.
Provenance
Belonged to donor.
Maker
Abbott Laboratories Ltd.
Site Made (City)
Montreal
Site Made (State)
Quebec
Site Made (Country)
Canada
Dates
1942
1997
circa 1942-1997
Date Remarks
Based on the year Nembutal became a registered trademark, and the end of marketing by Abbott for Nembutal in capsule form.
Material
plastic: clear, yellow
paper: tan
ink: light green, dark blue, yellow, white
cotton: white
pills: brown
Inscriptions
Raised on cap: "Abbott"; printed on label: "12 CAPSULES (Yellow) // Pr NEMBUTAL* // (Pentobarbital Sodium, Abbott) // 100 mg. (1 1/2 gr.) // (0.1 Gm.) // Abbott // Usual dose: For hypnosis, 1 or 2 capsules. // List No. 3114 // COMPLIMENTARY PACKAGE // Lot D665-006 // ABBOTT LABORATORIES LTD. - MONTREAL"; raised on bottom of bottle: "CELLUPLASTIC // H // NEWARK. N J"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0010
0010-A2-6 Row A
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor scratching and discolouration of label.
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Websites
Articles
Reference Comments
https://theconversation.com/we-dont-need-greater-access-to-nembutal-to-achieve-good-end-of-life-care-69147
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2424120/
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentobarbital
https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/opic-cipo/trdmrks/srch/viewTrademark?id=0181445&lang=eng&tab=reg
https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00312
https://www-sciencedirect-com.proxy.queensu.ca/science/article/pii/S0140673600434318
Research Facts
Nembutal is a barbiturate, a type of drug which depresses certain brain function. Nembutal was often used to treat sleep disorders and help induce sleep or relax patients, and to induce hypnosis. If too much of the drug is taken, a patient could stop breathing and die of an overdose. Because of this risk, barbiturates, including Nembutal, have been taken out of regular medical use over the past twenty years. However, it is often used in executions in the United States for capital punishment, as well as in assisted suicide.
Nembutal was synthesized at Abbott Laboratories in 1930 by Volwiler and Tabern.
Marilyn Monroe is believed to have died from an overdose of Nembutal.
Nembutal was also used as a basal anaesthetic, and, combined with other drugs, for childbirth. It reportedly did not have a bad taste aside from being slightly bitter, and patients complained little about it in that regard.
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