In 1912, Ogata graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tokyo. In 1919 he received a degree from the Humboldt University of Berlin, where he had performed pharmacological experiments.
In 1920, he was appointed assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tokyo, where he taught until 1948.
In 1893, Methamphetamine or crystal meth was first synthesised from ephedrine by Nagayoshi Nagai  and in 1919, Akira Ogata was the first to synthesise methamphetamine in a crystallized form. Ogata's synthesis of methamphetamine replaced much more complicated earlier syntheses, and continues to be used as the basis for modern production and usage of the drug. Ogata's procedure involved reduction of ephedrine using iodine and red phosphorus. Amphetamine was synthesized in 1887 by a Lazar Edeleanu in Germany.
Ogata released this new drug to a British-based pharmaceutical company. It was then introduced to treat diseases such as sinus congestion and depression.
The drug took on a new form in 1934 by the German pharmaceutical company Temmler. A tablet was named ‘Pervitin’.This became popular with German soldiers, Luftwaffe pilots and even Adolf Hitler. The new pill could keep tired pilots more alert and lift the spirits of those in battle.
Many pharmaceutical companies in the US patented the methamphetamines under various names, one of which was called Obetrol. They treated extreme obesity as a way to curb the appetite. However, these pills were outlawed in the 70s due to some of the obvious side effects.
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