Bactine is an antiseptic, first-aid treatment distributed by Wellspring Pharmaceutical Corporation. It was developed in 1947 and first used in 1950. It is a topically applied first aid liquid with active ingredients benzalkonium chloride (an antiseptic) and lidocaine (a topical anaesthetic). As an antiseptic, Bactine can help to prevent infections, while the topical anesthetic in Bactine serves to numb the surface of a body part and temporarily relieve pain and itching on the skin.[1]

First mention of the product was in an article in the May 14, 1950 issue of the Sunday newspaper supplement Parade magazine, where an article noted that "Sometime in the next two weeks you may be able to buy what promises to be one of the most useful antiseptics ever put in your medicine chest."[2]

Originally a product of Miles Laboratories,[3][4] Bayer continued to produce Bactine after it absorbed Miles in 1995.[5] Bactine was acquired from Bayer by Wellspring in 2015.[6][7]


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  3. ^ Cox, Jim (2008). "Miles Laboratories, Inc.". Sold on Radio: Advertisers in the Golden Age of Broadcasting. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company. p. 203. ISBN 9780786451760. OCLC 1058520112. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-05-04. Retrieved 2017-09-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ "WellSpring Pharmaceutical Corporation Acquires Bactine®, the Highly Trusted First Aid Antiseptic Brand" (Press release). Sawaya Partners. PR Newswire. December 17, 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2019.