Tums is an antacid made of sucrose (sugar) and calcium carbonate
(CaCO3) manufactured by
GlaxoSmithKline in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
They are also available in a sugar-free version. It is an
over-the-counter drug, available at many retail stores, including drug
stores, grocery stores and mass merchandisers. It provides relief from
acid indigestion, heartburn, and indigestion ("sour stomach").
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In 1928, James Harvey "Jim" Howe (born 1873 College Corner, OH &
died 1960 Webster Groves, MO), pharmacist in St. Louis, Missouri,
Tums in the basement of his home while treating his wife's
indigestion. The remedy caught on, and commercial production began in
1930 by the Lewis-Howe Company, which took its name from Howe and his
uncle, A. H. Lewis, who was a pharmacist in Bolivar, Missouri; Howe
worked in his uncle's drugstore as a teenager.
In 1978 the company was purchased by
Revlon of New York, making it no
longer a St. Louis-based company. Revlon's
Norcliff Thayer unit
Norcliff Thayer off to Beecham
Group in 1986, and Beecham eventually became
GlaxoSmithKline through a
series of mergers.
Since 1930, a plant originally built by Lewis-Howe in downtown St.
Louis has been making the antacid tablets. The factory complex is the
main manufacturing site for
Tums to this day, and GlaxoSmithKline
recently completed millions of dollars' worth of renovations and
Famous advertising campaigns for
Tums have included "
Tums for the
Tummy" and, much later for television, "Mother Tums" ("There, there!")
and by a memorable barbershop jingle sung to the theme music used in
all versions of the TV crime drama series Dragnet.
Tums comes in chewable tablets that are taken orally. It is also
available in different flavors such as peppermint and fruit flavors
such as berries, orange, and cherry.
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