Marla Ahlgrimm is an innovative pharmacist whose work has touched the lives of millions of women around the globe. And she isn’t alone. Here, common questions about the world’s most influential pharmaceutical professionals are answered.
Q: How has Marla Ahlgrimm made an impression on women’s health?
A: Before the Internet offered instant results for any research topic, Marla Ahlgrimm dug deep into medical texts to help a fellow woman determine the cause of her unusual symptoms. Ahlgrimm and a colleague observed for several months as the female client experienced bloating, cramps, fatigue, and irritability at the same time each month. In those days, these symptoms were almost always written off as “all in a woman’s head” and sufferers medicated with anti-anxiety meds. What Marla Ahlgrimm determined, however, was that the patient’s discomfort was caused by a recurrent shift in hormones that we now know as PMS.
Q: Who is Janette Roberts?
A: Like Marla Ahlgrimm, Janette Roberts has dedicated her entire career to the area of women’s health. Roberts is a leading advocate of preconception and prenatal health care. With several highly-regarded peer-reviewed papers and a best-selling book to her credit, Roberts’ legacy of promoting healthy women and healthy babies will live on to inspire future generations of mothers.
Q: Were Coke and Pepsi really invented as medicines?
A: Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola were first formulated by well-respected pharmacists. Unlike Marla Ahlgrimm and Janette Roberts, however, the men who made these two iconic brands weren’t focused specifically on women’s health. Caleb Davis Braham, the “Pepsi Man,” concocted the super-sweet serum as a way to ease digestive issues. John Pemberton, a 19th century pharmacist and Confederate veteran, thought a mixture of coca wine and kola nut would cure him of his codeine addiction. Coke soon caught on across the US as a way to combat depression and alcoholism.