A Host of Anxiety Drugs, Begat by Valium (NY Times, free reg. req’d)

Among famous inventors, Leo H. Sternbach may not immediately leap to mind.

But this May in Akron, Ohio, Dr. Sternbach, who is 96, will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He holds more than 240 patents, but perhaps his most famous invention, in collaboration with colleagues, is a chemical compound called diazepam, better known by its brand name, Valium.

One of the earliest benzodiazepines, Valium was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1963 as a treatment for anxiety, and it would become not only the country’s best-selling drug, but an American cultural icon.

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 23 Feb 2005
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

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Grohol, J. (2005). A Host of Anxiety Drugs, Begat by Valium. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 21, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2005/02/23/a-host-of-anxiety-drugs-begat-by-valium/

 

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