Ernest Jackson In the mid nineteenth century when healthcare was more uncertain than it is now, sugar paste lozenges were important. Making them by hand, ensuring that each lozenge contained the same dose of the therapeutic ingredient was skilled work. Thomas Fryer of Lancashire and Edward Smith MD devised Victory V lozenges . These are still manufactured today along with the other traditional sweet remedies Zubes ( Hoarse? Go suck a Zube), Imps and Hacks, by Ernest Jackson who are now a subsidiary of Trebor Bassett.