JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
There was a time when the drug store was really an apothecary shop for
the dispensing of drugs on prescription of physicians. Now the average city
drug store, at least, has become a bazar in which almost everything under
the sun, and a few other things beside, can be purchased at cut prices. There
are undoubtedly many things apart from the materials used for prescriptions
that might properly find a place in a drug store. But the present heterogeneous
collection of things so overshadows the original purpose of the institution
that it is easy to understand how prescription filling becomes a very secondary
department, with consequent neglect of due attention to this originally most
important function, and there follow the evils of substitution, since the
already crowded store has no room for the variety of drugs that may legitimately
be called for.
DRUGGIST ETHICS.. JAMA. 2004;291(11):1394. doi:10.1001/jama.291.11.1394