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The Campaign Against the Nostrum Evil
In view of the fact that considerable interest is taken in the United States as well in the fight against nostrums and a certain class of proprietaries, it may be of interest to your readers to learn what measures are being adopted and carried out in Germany with the same object in view. First, let me state that manufacturers and promoters of nostrums that constitute out-and-out frauds on the public are prosecuted in the courts, and on the basis of the law against illegal competition (unlauterer Wettbewerb) a conviction can be secured if it can be shown that, in advertising matter setting forth the supposed merits of the preparation, statements are made that do not coincide with the real value of the remedy. Under certain circumstances, a penalty can be imposed on such manufacturers on the ground of actual fraud. Against proprietaries themselves there
BERLIN. JAMA. 1922;79(16):1351-1352. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640160071031