Canister of Chloromycetin capsules, 1972.
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Chloromycetin is an antibiotic first developed in the 1940s. The drug was widely used in the 1950s and 1960s and was particularly useful for treating typhoid, but is now only prescribed for treating infections which are resistant to other antibiotics, as it can cause cancer in some patients. Made by Parke, Davis and Co of Wales.