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State Society Condemns Patents for Profit.—
The Medical Association of the State of Alabama adopted a resolution, April 18, in which it condemns as unethical the patenting of drugs or medical appliances for profit whether the patent is held by a physician or is transferred by him to some university or medical research foundation. This action, according to the resolution, deprives the needy sick of the benefits of many new medical discoveries through the acts of medical men. Introduced by Dr. Marye Y. Dabney, Birmingham, the resolution points out that there is a growing tendency to patent drugs in the name of universities and foundations in connection with universities. The effect of the patents is to increase the price of the drugs because of the royalties imposed by the foundations, thus affecting the needy public who are prevented from buying them on account of the necessarily high prices asked.
The Los Angeles Society of Neurology and Psychiatry was addressed, April 17, among others, by
Medical News. JAMA. 1940;114(23):2313-2316. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810230043018