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July 13, 1935

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1935;105(2):130-135. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760280042021

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)June 15, 1935.

Vitamins and the British Pharmacopeia  The pharmacopeia commission, which was appointed in 1933 for three years to collect material for the next edition, has reported that it has been actively engaged in preparing an addendum to the British pharmacopeia, publication of which is expected next year. The commission has formed a committee of experts to deal with the vitamins and their preparations. At a meeting of the General Medical Council, which received this report, Dr. H. G. Dain, chairman of the Insurance Acts Committee of the British Medical Association, said that he found difficulty in drawing a line between food and drugs, since the products that contained vitamins would in the ordinary way be foods. He thought that the public and the profession should be taught that vitamins could not be regarded as drugs, and that the government should take steps to

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