Aspirin is possibly the most used drug in the world. It has uses in pain relief, reducing inflammation, reducing fever, cardiovascular health and now there are reports on its anti-cancer abilities. However, were it to be discovered and trialled today it would probably not make it to market due to its side effects.
You research task is to uncover the history of aspirin and the role chemists have played in modifying its structure to improve its health benefits. Dig into what aspirin can be prescribed for and if the ‘cure’ is worth the risk of the possible side-effects. Since it’s a chemistry blog, you need to include details on functional groups, the reactions done to modify its structure and the benefits gained. Have a look at the structure of some other related drugs and note any similarities or differences. Who owns aspirin and what is its market worth?
Finally, you need to include details about your own attempted synthesis of aspirin in the form of a brief lab report.
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