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In the introduction to its "Official Rules," which have been used as a model by subsequent similar organizations, the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry states that these were adopted "primarily with the object of protecting the medical profession and the public against fraud, undesirable secrecy and objectionable advertising in connection with proprietary medicinal articles." Later it is stated that the function of the Council is also "to advise the medical profession concerning the status of medicinal articles,... to publish reports on claimed advances in the use of drugs and to elaborate standards for the control and identity of drugs that are introduced into materia medica." In its earlier years the Council was chiefly occupied with examining individual preparations for compliance with the Rules, and the early reprints of the Council's reports are predominantly statements concerning the nonacceptability of many preparations. Latterly the emphasis has significantly changed to the more educational
Annual Reprint of the Reports of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association for 1943, With the Comments That Have Appeared in the Journal. JAMA. 1944;126(2):136–137. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850370074032