Sheffield Pharmaceuticals


Sheffield Pharmaceuticals is a manufacturer of over the counter pharmaceutical products to retailers in the United States.[1] It manufactures and sells products both under its own labels and privately for other companies, and is an FDA registered cGMP facility. The company was founded in 1880 as the Sheffield Dentifrice Company by Washington Sheffield, the inventor of modern toothpaste.

Sheffield Pharmaceuticals
Founded1880; 142 years ago (1880) (as Sheffield Dentifrice Company)
FounderWashington Sheffield
HeadquartersNew London, Connecticut, United States
ProductsPharmaceutical products


Dr. Sheffield's tooth powder, a predecessor to toothpaste

Sheffield was a respected dentist and dental surgeon of his time. In the mid 1870s, he thought of a new tooth cleaning product in a cream form as a replacement for the tooth powders common at the time.[2] He made his own dental cream in his office, added mint extracts to it so as to improve the flavor, and used it on his patients who expressed their liking for it.[2] After establishing his company in 1880, with the help of his son, he constructed a manufacturing plant on his property to produce a mouthwash he had previously invented as well as the new toothpaste (which was then called “Dr. Sheffield’s Crème Angelique Dentifrice”).

Dr. Sheffield's Crème Angelique Dentifrice

The first advertisement published for Dr. Sheffield’s Crème Angelique Dentifrice (the first commercial toothpaste) toothpaste appeared in the New London Telegram on March 12, 1881.[3]

In 1986, the company was purchased by the Faria family, who continue to operate in New London, Connecticut.[4]

In 2016, Sheffield began distribution in China of its Dr. Sheffield's brand toothpaste.[5]

Overseas competitionEdit

In 2007, the company reported that it was being undercut by low-cost, counterfeit toothpaste products from China, which were increasingly coming under fire for being tainted with poisonous chemicals.[6] They lobbied Connecticut's state business advocate, Rob Simmons, to ask for increased regulatory oversight into the Chinese and Indonesian imports due to reports of the products being tainted with diethylene glycol, a poisonous substance typically used in antifreeze.[6] The imports were being manufactured with the cheaper, but incorrect, ingredients as a way to illegally undercut the price. Company President Thomas Faria reported that the toothpaste imports were being offered at a cost to retailers of 9 cents a tube, and that he couldn't even purchase the correct ingredients to make his product at that price.[6]


  1. ^ "About Us". Sheffield Pharmaceuticals homepage. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b "A Local Industry". New London Evening Telegram. March 8, 1882. p. Vol. 9 No. 2795, page 4.
  3. ^ "Dr. Sheffield's Crème Angelique Dentifrice". New London Telegram. March 12, 1881.
  4. ^ "History". Sheffield Pharmaceuticals homepage. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  5. ^ Hallenbeck, Brian (2016-11-02). "Sheffield Pharmaceuticals extending its global reach". The Day. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  6. ^ a b c Cronin, Anthony (July 27, 2007). "Counterfeits Squeezing Sheffield". The Day. Retrieved 18 August 2014.