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November 6, 1937


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Cleveland, Miss.

JAMA. 1937;109(19):1561. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780450065024

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To the Editor.—  The recent tragic deaths from elixir sulfanilamide have brought quite vividly to the public's attention the extreme danger of taking medicine without thorough experimental and clinical trial. The time seems ripe now for us to see that legislation is enacted and rigidly enforced against:

  1. Any drug or medicine sold to the public not acceptable to the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association.

  2. Druggists and drug clerks prescribing "over the counter." Any doctor or any one else prescribing drugs without knowledge of their property, actions, uses and contraindications should be condemned most heartily.

Why drugs in the U. S. Pharmacopeia, the National Formulary and New and Nonofficial Remedies are not adequate is quite a mystery to me. One can surely find the desired product in one of these three sources if one would only take the necessary time to look it up.

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