Capsules: Jan. 26, 1981

HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW

For brooding baldies who have spent fortunes on useless hair-growing potions and lotions, hope seems to recede as steadily as their hairlines. But now comes word that a respected pharmaceutical firm, the Upjohn Co. of Kalamazoo, Mich., is investigating a chemical that could lead to development of the first successful hair restorer. The drug's name: minoxidil.

Upjohn, which developed minoxidil as a treatment for severe high blood pressure, stumbled on its potential gold mine when clinical trials indicated the drug had a peculiar side effect: growth of hair on the...

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