Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America’s past. These stories are about Americans—people just like you—who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around the site and find what inspires you.
On March 6, 1899 Frederick Bayer & Co. was granted a patent for Aspirin, the brand name for acetylsalicylic acid, now the most common drug found in household medicine cabinets. Bayer lost the patent on Aspirin during World War I. Eventually the company name and trademarks for the U.S. and Canada were purchased by Sterling Products (later Sterling Winthrop). By 1994 Bayer was an independent company again, and bought back the patent on aspirin and other OTC drugs.