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SmithGlaxoKline attacks elephantiasis and obesity

British company GlaxoSmithKline is the world’s second-largest pharmaceutical company. For years it has been a leading light in the attempt to rid the world of the disease known as elephantiasis (scientifically known as filariasis) by donating nearly half a billion tablets of Albendazole. Three Brits, Joseph Bancroft, Patrick Manson, and Timothy Lewis, discovered the cause of elephantiasis in the 1870s. The cause is filiaria – thin parasitic worms introduced by a mosquito bite – which clog up the lymphatic system.

On another front, in America, GlaxoSmithKline will introduce the first over-the-counter weight loss treatment to be approved by the FDA. It hopes to make quite a tidy profit on that pill.