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Posted by: P-Kasso2
« on: 08 March, 2017, 08:42:36 AM »

I can't believe this topic is still going ! I am enthralled by the information that has been given in answer to my long ago question. Who would have thought it ? Of course, the main success was that I was given the answer that I wanted. IA ers  are unbelievable! Thanks to everyone, it is just fascinating.

And that's not all, Jacques...I used to know an old geezer in Brighton who swore blind that a good blob of Germolene was just the thing for his itchy piles. Worked every time. Mind you, he would've probably said the same thing about a squirt of WD40.

Any other odd uses for Germolene?
Posted by: jacquesdor
« on: 06 March, 2017, 10:12:54 AM »

I can't believe this topic is still going ! I am enthralled by the information that has been given in answer to my long ago question. Who would have thought it ? Of course, the main success was that I was given the answer that I wanted. IA ers  are unbelievable! Thanks to everyone, it is just fascinating.
Posted by: P-Kasso2
« on: 04 March, 2017, 05:31:35 PM »

I am now 91 and I remember my mother always used Germolene when
I was a small boy.


Your mother must have been one of the very first users of Germolene, Mr Taylor seeing as Germolene was invented in 1925 by the cough mixture tycoon, Sir William Henry Veno.

So that's where Veno's (the famous cough mixture of childhood) comes from! I've often wondered if it was just a made-up laboratory name. Arise Sir William Veno. But fancy being named after a cough mixture! I bet his kids got given a really tough time at school.
Posted by: robert taylor
« on: 02 March, 2017, 05:47:23 AM »

I am now 91 and I  remember my mother always used Germolene when
I was a small boy.
Posted by: Hiheels
« on: 18 January, 2017, 01:43:35 PM »

Mind yerself, Gerry, looks like you're about to have a load of visitors in the night trying to snaffle your pink tube.
So to speak.
Posted by: Gerry
« on: 15 January, 2017, 11:48:40 AM »

I possess a metal tube of the pink ointment and a plastic tube of the newer white. I have had the former for many years and still use it on occasion.
Posted by: jason soton
« on: 09 April, 2016, 06:35:46 PM »

Germolene ointment is still made under licence by Aspen Phamacare in South Africa.
It is sold in 20g and 50g plastic tubes. The original UK metal tubes were 27g as a comparison.
I ordered 10 tubes from and on line store in South Africa (called ZimSeller) at 100 when tax and shipping was included.
20 tubes actually arrived so I have listed 10 on ebay to clear as I don't need so many.
I guess you can order form SA or ebay as there seem to be a fair number of sellers there now.
Posted by: Hayles
« on: 08 April, 2016, 03:06:48 PM »

I bought some Germolene yesterday and really disappointed that they've changed it.  So I've just ordered some of the original pink type which i saw on Amazon uk with free delivery for 2.18 (30g). My mum swears by the stuff!
Posted by: Richard Holladay
« on: 14 February, 2016, 11:44:52 AM »

In most retail UK outlets Germolene comes in a tube packaged in a small carton. The contents might have a hint of pink but it's definitely a cream and the smell registers about 25% potency of the Original Smell (my method!).
The Old formula Ointment in the tin described in the postings contained a Deep Pink, Intense smelling Sticky Ointment. Almost universally mothers used this ointment on cuts and particularly frequently grazed knees! If applied to a badly grazed knee in generous quantity and bandaged, when a new dressing was needed one found that all the grit and gravel that had got in to the wound came cleanly away with the removal of the old dressing leaving the wound clean and benefitting from the antiseptic qualities of the ointment - something the modern day version singularly fails to do.
I believe the 1950s 1960s Ointment in a Tin displayed Gold Medals that the company who made it then (or even earlier) had been awarded for the product. Nowadays its in the same Run Of The Mill category as Boots Own, TCP and other small quantity overpriced "Antiseptic" Creams and is but a shadow of its Quality Forerunner.
Posted by: Ann Ferguson
« on: 06 February, 2016, 09:03:25 AM »

Surely any medical cream could be fatal if swallowed!! It's a pity that it can't be had on prescription.  The new Germolene simply doesn't work. Never buying it again.  Hope Bayer have a rethink.
Posted by: Hiheels
« on: 13 January, 2016, 03:48:30 PM »

 Gd_pst
...and hats off to Angene International if they do actually call it Benzenemethanaminium,N,N-diethyl-N-[2-[4-(2,2,4-trimethylpentyl)phenoxy]ethyl]-, chloride) 'cos that's more than I can do!
Posted by: Cosafina
« on: 13 January, 2016, 03:40:12 PM »

Thanks Hiheels.

Bayer replied saying
Quote
Unfortunately the decision to discontinue this product was out of our hands as the active ingredient (Octafonium Chloride) in Germolene, is no longer available in pharmaceutical grade quality from any suppliers which would be suitable to continue with the production of Germolene Ointment.

So I contacted the Data Institute and asked them if they knew of any suppliers of Octafonium Chloride.  This was their reply:
Quote
There are about 20 manufacturers of Octafonium Chloride CAS 15687-40-8 around the world mainly now in China.

There are 2 in the UK:

Angene International Limited, which calls the substance by its full chemical name (Benzenemethanaminium,N,N-diethyl-N-[2-[4-(2,2,4-trimethylpentyl)phenoxy]ethyl]-, chloride)

Leancare Limited, which refers to the substance simply as CAS 15687-40-8

There are also 4 US producers.

I am not sure why Bayer say that they cannot get pharmaceutical grade CAS 15687-40-8?

Perhaps Bayer cannot source the substance at an economical price?

I have therefore responded to Audrey French at Bayer, asking her for a comment.  I would suggest that as many people as possible bombard them with this information - let's get real Germolene back on the shelves!  Joy__
Posted by: Hiheels
« on: 12 January, 2016, 06:12:54 PM »

I came here hoping someone would know where to get hold of some as I've been looking for years  BngHd.

So I've just contacted Bayer here in the UK, as suggested by someone earlier.  Here's the link if anyone else wants to add their voice: You need to put an s on the end of the http, it's then triple w followed by bayer and because we're in the UK you need to end it dot co dot uk.   After that it's slash en slash SSL slash contact.php
(sorry, seems I'm not allowed to post an external URL - which seems odd when you consider the number of external URLs that were in the thread)

Thanks for that and going to the trouble of spelling out the link, I'll reproduce it here for ease http://www.bayer.co.uk/en/ssl/contact.php
You only couldn't post a live link due to being new, if you get your post count up you will find you'll be able to then post live links should you want to, it's just an anti-spam measure  :D
Posted by: Cosafina
« on: 12 January, 2016, 03:28:25 PM »

I came here hoping someone would know where to get hold of some as I've been looking for years  BngHd.

So I've just contacted Bayer here in the UK, as suggested by someone earlier.  Here's the link if anyone else wants to add their voice: You need to put an s on the end of the http, it's then triple w followed by bayer and because we're in the UK you need to end it dot co dot uk.   After that it's slash en slash SSL slash contact.php
(sorry, seems I'm not allowed to post an external URL - which seems odd when you consider the number of external URLs that were in the thread)
Posted by: Teppsta
« on: 10 October, 2015, 07:19:47 PM »

Like many others I have used Germolene ointment all my life as my first aid product of choice. It was my mother's alternative to going to hospital !

I managed to get one final tube from a South African seller but when that goes it will be the end of an era :-(