This Day in Jewish History 2005: Death of Chemist Who Discovered Valium

Leo Sternbach helped turn Hoffman-La Roche into a big pharma, with 230 product patents, most famously Valium, the most prescribed drug in the U.S. in the 1970s.

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On September 28, 2005, the chemist and pharmacologist Leo Sternbach, discoverer of the chemical compound that – under the trade name Valium – helped calm down an entire generation, died at the age of 95....