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James Black dies at 85; Nobel laureate developed Inderal and Tagamet
James Black dies at 85; Nobel laureate developed Inderal and Tagamet

Dr. James Black, a Scottish Nobel laureate who pioneered the rational design of drugs and, in the process, developed the first widely used drugs for treating heart disease and blocking stomach acid production, died Monday. He was 85. His death was confirmed by the University of Dundee, which did not release details about the cause or place of death.Black developed propanolol (brand-named Inderal), the first member of the class of drugs known as beta blockers, which revolutionized the care of heart disease. He then developed cimetidine (brand-named Tagamet), which did the same for heartburn and acid reflux. Both are still among the most widely prescribed drugs on Earth, and their discovery,...

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