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Controversy Between Chemists and Druggists
One phenomenon of the general economic crisis is the continuous friction between qualified chemists and druggists. The main cause is that the druggists sell proprietary medicines, even those which contain poisons, although the law clearly defines that drug stores are entitled to retail only raw drugs. They are forbidden to sell proprietary medicines except at wholesale. Druggists must not prepare medical prescriptions. Trespassers are punished by a law, passed in 1876, which exacts a penalty of imprisonment ranging from three to fifteen days, and also heavy fines. Despite this fact, drug stores supply the public with all kinds of proprietary medicines. Recently the court of Budapest punished some druggists exemplarily, whereupon the lay press argued that in present circumstances, when there is a vast number of unemployed people, it is in the interest of the public to get drugs and proprietary medicines from the drug
BUDAPEST. JAMA. 1931;97(13):944. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730130048023