Germolene is a brand name used on a range of antiseptic products produced by the Bayer company, which in 1999 bought the brand from the then-Smithkline Beecham. It is manufactured for Bayer UK by the Devon-based Wrafton Laboratories division of US over-the counter and supermarket own label preparation producer Perrigo.
Originally a thick antiseptic ointment with a distinctive pink colour and scented with oil of wintergreen, Germolene was reformulated as a cream, and the brand name is used on a range of over-the-counter first aid preparations, most of which contain antiseptic. There is an associated range of products, specifically for the treatment of haemorrhoids.
Active ingredients: Phenol 1.2%, (otherwise known as carbolic acid, this has antiseptic, locally anaesthetic and antipruritic properties), and chlorhexidine digluconate 0.25% - but the Germoloids preparations for haemorrhoids include zinc oxide and the anaesthetic lidocaine hydrochloride.
- Who makes Germolene Antiseptic Cream?, Bayer UK, March 2001.Accessed: 27 January 2010.
- Perrigo UK History, Perrigo UK, Undated.Accessed: 27 January 2010.
- Sir William Veno, Inventor of Veno's Cough Syrup & Germolene, Manchester UK, Moss Graphics, Manchester, Undated. Accessed: 23 January, 2010.
- Active Ingredients, Germoloids website, Bayer UK, Newbury, Berkshire, UK, Undated. Accessed: 23 January, 2010.
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