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April 22, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(16):1271-1272. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740160055024

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Narcotic Prescriptions  The question of writing prescriptions for narcotics has again come to the attention of the ministry of health. The accounts of narcotics dispensed by pharmacies reveal the necessity of closer restrictions. It was decided at the last session of the health council to fix the maximum amount of narcotics a physician may prescribe; henceforth the dose prescribed is not to surpass half the amount of the maximum dose of any drug and it may not be prescribed for more than five days. With the exception of codeine and ethylmorphine hydrochloride, for which the pharmacist does not need to account, all narcotics listed by the ministry of health come under this decision; they are opium, opium salts and extracts, pantopon and its derivatives and all preparations containing it, all preparations containing more than 0.2 per cent of morphine and its salts with the exception of tincture of opium and

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