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May 13, 1950


Author Affiliations

Chairman, Committee on Therapy, American Academy of Allergy

JAMA. 1950;143(2):198. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910370048021

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To the Editor:—In view of the intense interest in the use of antihistaminics for the common cold and because legislation has been proposed in New York State to prevent over the counter sales of these substances, it was thought advisable by the Erie County Medical Society to study this problem. As a member of the committee on pharmacy, I was delegated to collect this data. A return postal card was sent to each member of the county society. One thousand cards were sent out. Two hundred and ninety-six physicians reported on the antihistaminics. Of this group, 114 physicians found that antihistaminics were effective with respect to the symptoms of the common cold. However, the percentage of patients who obtained relief varied considerably: 59 physicians reported that from 1 to 25 per cent of their patients had benefit in relief of the common cold; 37 found that only 26 to 50

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