Bottle of "Tabloid Veronal gr 5 (o.342gm)"

Burroughs Wellcome & Co (estab. 1880, closed 1995)
Circa 1920
Produced in Australia under the ‘Tabloid’ brand by the Burroughs Wellcome Company. A barbiturate (or barbitone ), marketed under the brand name Veronal was the first commercially available barbiturate. It was used as a sleeping aid (hypnotic) from 1903 until the mid-1950s.
In 1903, doctors synthesised the first diethybarbituric acid, hailing it as an “infallible cure for insomnia”. Organic compound having powerful soporific effect, overdose can be fatal it was added to the prohibited poisons list, along with morphine and cocaine.
Synonyms: diethylmalonyl urea, diethylbarbituric acid, barbitol.
Small Glass bottle with metal lid "Tabloid Veronal gr 5 (o.342gm) Cream label with black text. Bottle is empty.
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glass, paper, metal
7.5 x 4.5 x 11.5 cm
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