The poem was written for BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, as they had Dr Stewart Adams on the programme discussing his discovery of the drug.
The Telegraph has a great article on its discovery, which includes the fact that he tested the drug on himself to try and shift a troublesome hangover.
I Prefer Ibuprofen
Life is so much easier with effective analgesia
The purpose of pain is to say to the brain:
Ow! Houston we‚Äôve got a problem‚Ä¶
But once we‚Äôve got the message we don‚Äôt need it again and again‚Ä¶
What do we want? Symptom Relief!
When do we want it? Now!
When you‚Äôve had enough of it there‚Äôs just no need to suffer it
Just pop a little caplet and Ibuprofen will buffer it
I’ve had a go with Aspirin, Codeine and Paracetamol
With Solpadeine, Co-codamol, with Anadin and Ultramol
I love them all, I really do, but I prefer Ibuprofen
There are other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs around
Your NSAID‚Äôs these days are quite thick on the ground
There‚Äôs Naproxen, there’s Nabumetone
and, of course, there’s Indomethacin
Each with much to offer us. But I prefer Ibuprofen
I love the way the compound sticks its cheeky little hand in
The way it blocks the enzyme that creates the prostaglandin
Reducing fever, inflammation, and mild to moderate pain
Yes I know it isn‚Äôt curative, in anyway preventative
But to dwell on what it doesn‚Äôt do is anally retentative
I know it doesn‚Äôt treat the cause, the cause will still be there
But it lends a hand, it puts the ‚Äòpal‚Äô back into palliative care.
It does exactly what you‚Äôd expect it to say it would do if it came in a tin