Original free sample of Bayer 205, suramin powder, Germany,
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Bayer 205, now known as suramin, is effective against micro-organisms called trypanosomes, which are responsible for tropical diseases such as sleeping sickness. The drug was on the market from 1920. Developed in 1916 by a team at the German dye manufacturers Frederich Bayer and Co., Bayer 205’s chemical composition was kept a secret from other drug manufacturers. This bottle was given out free of charge for clinical tests of the first production batch. maker: Friedrich Bayer and Company Place made: Leverkusen, Köln, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany