Patent Medicine

Patent Medicine

Patent medicines are those sold with heavy promotion as medical cures, but which do not work as promoted. "Patent medicine" is a misnomer since in most cases, although products might be trademarked, they are not patented (the patent process requires proof that something new has been discovered). In ancient times, patent medicine was sometimes called nostrum remedium ("our remedy" in Latin).

The promotion of patent medicines was one of the first major products highlighted by the advertising industry, and many advertising and sales techniques were pioneered by patent medicine promoters. Patent medicine advertising often promoted the advantages of exotic ingredients, even though their actual effects came from more prosaic drugs. One group of patent medicines — liniments that allegedly contained snake oil, supposedly a panacea — made snake oil salesman a lasting synonym for a charlatan.

Read more about Patent MedicinePatent Medicines and Advertising, The End of The Patent Medicine Era, Surviving Consumer Products From The Patent Medicine Era

Other articles related to "patent medicine, patent medicines":

Hulbert Harrington Warner - Patent Medicines - Safe Cure
... the safe business to purchase the formula for a patent medicine from Dr ... and ultimately the two ended up in court when Craig attempted to reenter the patent medicine business with a cure remarkably similar to the one he had sold to Warner ... The Warner's patent medicine products, with the exception of the Safe Pills and Tippecanoe, appeared in a unique bottle, which featured an embossed ...
Willis Sharpe Kilmer
... Kilmer was perhaps best known for advertising and promoting his uncle's Swamp Root patent medicine formula until it became a household name ... and labeling requirements on a variety of products, including patent medicines with dubious claims ... The decline in the patent medicine business led Kilmer to branch out into other businesses ...
Surviving Consumer Products From The Patent Medicine Era - Products No Longer Sold Under Medicinal Claims
... Some consumer products were once marketed as patent medicines, but have been repurposed and are no longer sold for medicinal purposes ...

Famous quotes containing the words medicine and/or patent:

    After you eat always take a walk, and you’ll never have to go to a medicine shop.
    —Chinese proverb.


    This is the patent age of new inventions
    For killing bodies, and for saving souls,
    All propagated with the best intentions.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824)