Remembering Vinol, the Drug for Anemia

VinolThe drug Vinol often appears in old pictures.

But what was Vinol? It was a drug for anemia and general weakness. It was part of the companies Chester Kent and also Drug Inc. Vinol had exclusive relationships with retailers; hence the large signs in places like New York. Main ingredients were cod liver oil and liver and beef peptones. Other ingredients include cascara and syrup of wild cherry.

The company made all sorts of products including Fletcher’s Castoria, Philips Milk of Magnesia, Cascarets, Sal Hepatica, Gastrogen and Ipana.

About the Author

  • Garland Pollard is publisher/editor of BrandlandUSA. Since 2006, the website BrandlandUSA.com has chronicled the history and business of America’s great brands. He has decades of experience across all media, including newspapers, TV, radio, magazines and the web.

1 Comment

  1. In 1905, the Ashville (O.) Home News carried an ad for Vinol, available at Beaver’s store. The ad said nothing about what Vinol was. I guess people generally knew.

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