Last week approximately 500 representatives of medicine, pharmacy and related sciences assembled in Washington to constitute the decennial U. S. Pharmacopeial Convention. Ten years has elapsed since the last previous convention, which The Journal described as a farcical assemblage if considered from the point of view of scientific progress. Industrial interests overwhelmed that convention with representatives; the ratio of pharmaceutic interests to scientific medicine was about five to one. The results were fortunately not as disastrous as then seemed likely because a number of faithful and competent workers, appointed to the Revision Committee, sacrificed time and effort to bring forth a creditable pharmacopeia.
The Pharmacopeia is vital to physicians because it establishes the legal standards under which the United States government enforces the purity of official drugs in interstate commerce. Because of its particular significance to the practice of medicine, the American Medical Association through its Board of Trustees, its
THE PHARMACOPEIAL CONVENTION OF 1940. JAMA. 1940;114(21):2116-2117. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810210048016