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Veno Drug Co

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Sir William Henry Veno (1866-1933), was born William Reynard Varney in Castle Douglas, Renfrewshire, Scotland on 22 December 1866.

He emigrated to the United States around the year 1887, and established a business for the manufacture of cough medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He changed his name to William Henry Veno in 1896, (and by deed poll in Britain in 1910).

1898 Veno's Lightning Cough Cure was established, and he founded the Veno Drug Company in Manchester in 1898.

1925 He sold the company to Beecham Estates and Pills Ltd.[1]

1928 A new public company was formed: Beecham's Pills Ltd, to acquire the Beecham's pills business and the great majority of the shares in Veno Drug Co[2], maker of Veno's cough medicine and "Germolene" antiseptic.


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  1. [1]Oxford University Press
  2. The Times Jan 27, 1928