The secret structure of Pepto-Bismol revealed
For those interested in crystallography or for the faithful users of heartburn remedy Pepto-Bismol, read on…..
The structure of bismuth subsalicylate – the active ingredient of the stomach relief drug Pepto-Bismol and one of the most commercially important bismuth compounds – has finally been uncovered by scientists.
Although the substance has been used to treat gastrointestinal disorders for over 120 years, its chemical structure has remained a mystery to all. ‘We felt it was important to determine the structure of one of the most iconic bismuth compounds,’ says study co-leader Ken Inge from Stockholm University in Sweden.