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Carter’s little pills began as Carter’s Little Liver Pills, a patent medicine developed in 1868 by Erie, Pennsylvania’s Samuel J. Carter.
Many patent medicines ended up relying on large quantities of morphine or cocaine to give users a high instead of actually healing them.
That meant people turned to the massive industry of patent medicines, brewed concoctions marketed by people professing medical knowledge.
Originally known as Purdue Frederick, the first iteration of the company was founded in 1892 on New York’s Lower East Side as a peddler of patent medicines.
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