Picture: Pexels Thinning blood drug history
FOR WELL over half a century, warfarin has been the main blood-thinning drug to treat patients at risk of potentially fatal blood clots - often as a result of a deep vein thrombosis (a clot in small blood vessels in the lower legs).

The anticoagulant was discovered when farmers in poverty-stricken 1920s America were forced to feed cattle damp or mouldy hay and noticed seemingly healthy animals dying from internal bleeding.

It turned out that a mould in the hay contained an anticoagulant called dicoumarol.

In 1940, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison isolated the compound, paving the way for mass manufacture of warfarin.

Although it’s widely used in humans, it also gained notoriety as a deadly rat poison. - Daily Mail