Sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid are two of the four chemicals often used to develop pharmaceuticals. Patients can easily confirm the presence of these drugs looking at the bottle. Two other chemicals found in many combination prescription analgesics are salicylic acid and acetaminophen.

The Body's Six Most Common Elements

Every school child learns that the human body is mostly water. It follows that the two most common elements in the body are hydrogen in oxygen. Carbon comes in third and nitrogen, sulfur, and phosphorous follow. All of these elements are found in medicine, but non-organic elements are used as well. Heavy metals, such as strontium and gold, are sometimes used in medicines. In a much safer alloyed form, mercury is used in dental implants.

Getting Into Organic Chemistry

Manufacturing pharmaceutical drugs take knowledge of organic chemistry and medicine. Like almost every profession in the medical field, it requires training beyond college. Some of the training even goes beyond earning a doctorate. The jobs are usually compensated with additional pay, although everyone starts out at the bottom of their respective fields. This field offers more excitement and a real chance to help people as well as large financial rewards.