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December 11, 1937

Current Comment

JAMA. 1937;109(24):1992. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780500048018
Abstract

DEATHS FOLLOWING ELIXIR OF SULFANILAMIDE-MASSENGILL—V  In recent issues, The Journal has presented the tragic story of Elixir of Sulfanilamide-Massengill, particularly in reference to its scientific aspects.1 Elsewhere in this issue 2 is the report of the field work and of the investigation of the S. E. Massengill Company by the United States government. The report points out that the number of deaths which have been confirmed is seventy-three (the number confirmed by the American Medical Association headquarters, as brought out in its last report) and that in addition twenty deaths followed administration of the elixir in which the exclusive responsibility of the drug has not yet been determined. The report brings out that the only test made of the elixir was that for flavor. The manufacturing formula given coincides very closely with the observations of the A. M. A. Chemical Laboratory. Of the 240 gallons manufactured, 228 gallons and 2

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