|First published paper documenting the synthesis of methaqualone by Kacker and Zaheer, along with a number of other related compounds. 1
|Methaqualone was first synthesized in India by M.L. Gujral and was soon being marketed as a non-addictive sleeping pill. 2, 3 [Details]
|Methaqualone is sold by the Boots company under the names Melsed and Melsedin and by Marck as Renoval. 2
|Methaqualone is sold by Roussel labs in combination with an antihistamine under the name Mandrax. 2
|Methaqualone becomes a commercial success in the United States where it is sold under the name Quaalude. It also becomes a popular street drug. 2
|Methaqualone becomes regulated in Britain under the UK Misuse of Drugs Act due to its increasing popularity as a recreational drug.
|Methaqualone is placed in Schedule II in the United States making it difficult to prescribe and illegal to possess without a prescription.
|Methaqualone is withdrawn from the market in Britain due to its addictive qualities.
|Methaqualone is moved to Schedule I in the United States, making it illegal to buy, sell, or possess.