Most Trusted Headache/Pain Reliever: Tylenol
Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, was discovered in Europe in the late 1800s, when French doctors found that a similar drug treated pain and fever in a patient with intestinal parasites. But it would take nearly half a century for the medication to be widely available in America. A father-and-son company, McNeil, launched the first Tylenol product in 1955—TYLENOL Elixir for Children, available only by prescription. It was approved for over-the-counter sales in 1960. Among the company’s important innovations: safety-sealed, tamper-resistant packaging (1982); Gelcaps, an easier-to-swallow new dosing form (1988); and Rapid Release Gels, designed with holes for faster effects (2005).
Most Trusted Herbal & Vitamin Supplements: Nature Made
Launched in 1972, Nature Made today fills 120 million bottles with its products each year. In 2002, it became the first dietary supplement to enter the verification process from the United States Pharmacopeia, a nonprofit that sets federally recognized standards for medicines, supplements, and foods. Nearly 70 Nature Made products are USP verified.
Most Trusted Cold & Flu Remedy: NyQuil
NyQuil fans have Lunsford Richardson, a Greensboro, North Carolina pharmacist, to thank for helping soothe their symptoms. Richardson created and sold 21 home remedies under the brand Vicks in the 1890s; Croup and Pneumonia Salve was its best-selling product. More than half a century later, NyQuil was born in 1966. The name NyQuil may have come from the phrase “nighttime tranquility.” Still recognizable by many today, the medicine’s classic slogan, “Nighttime, sniffling, sneezing…” debuted in 1979.