Thirty-five years has passed since the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry met at Pittsburgh to organize. Since that time its work as a standing committee of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association has been continuous. In 1905 the exploitation and advertising of drugs to physicians were "misleading," "mendacious," "execrable." Shortly after formation of the Council the Food and Drug Act of 1906 was passed by Congress. Probably at that time some felt that the passing of that law made the work of the Council unnecessary.
First the Council exposed the most egregious of the deceptions practiced on the medical profession. Then came the more serious task of passing on proprietary drugs detailed to the medical profession. Products which complied with the rules were listed in the column of The Journal called New and Nonofficial Remedies. The first issues of New and Nonofficial Remedies were printed as supplements
THE COUNCIL ON PHARMACY AND CHEMISTRY COMPLETES THIRTY-FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE. JAMA. 1940;114(6):491-492. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810060037011