This article needs attention from an expert on the subject. Please add a reason or a talk parameter to this template to explain the issue with the article. Consider associating this request with a WikiProject.(March 2012)
In 1955, Panadol was introduced to hospitals in the United Kingdom. It was first marketed by Phillips, Scott & Turner, which was acquired by Frederick Stearns & Co, a subsidiary of Sterling Drug Inc. It was advertised as being "gentle on the stomach", since other analgesic agents at the time contained aspirin, a known stomach irritant. Panadol was originally available only by prescription in the UK, but is now available over the counter. In 1988 Sterling Winthrop was acquired by Eastman Kodak which sold the over the counter drug rights to SmithKline Beecham in 1994.
Panadol is sold in six forms:
Panadol Extra Strength (sold in Latin America-based countries)
Panadol Multi-Symptom (sold in Latin America-based countries)
Panadol Extra contains caffeine (65 mg) which enhances the analgesic effect of paracetamol, though the efficacy of caffeine as an analgesic adjuvant is the source of some contention.