JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
Two weeks ago we pointed out that the principal functions of the Council
on Pharmacy and Chemistry will consist in passing on the ethical merits of
proprietary remedies from the pharmaceutical and chemical point of view. The
next step lies with the medical profession. It is the duty of every physician
to realize this and to assist in reducing the indiscriminate employment of
products that are at all secret in their composition; for their present enormous
use is a reflection on the acumen and the common sense of the profession as
a whole. The reason there is so much of this prescribing of proprietary remedies,
the vast majority of which are secret, is not hard to discover.
THE ABUSE OF PROPRIETARY MEDICINES.. JAMA. 2005;293(11):1399. doi:10.1001/jama.293.11.1399-a