Pharmaceuticals from fossil fuels? Yep… In 1897, a man was suffering from rheumatism-related pain. His son, Felix Hoffman, in hopes of easing his father’s pain, created aspirin by using petrochemicals. Aspirin literally became the gateway drug. Today, petrochemicals are used in most medicines — as a feed stock in production, to purify compounds, to make pill casings and coatings, and to make pharmaceutical grade, child-safe containers for the products. Petrochemicals run the gamut from historical lifesavers like penicillin and aspirin to cutting-edge chemotherapy drugs. If you have a specific question, send us a message or plan to join us at the Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable, September 14-16, 2021 at the David Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.