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May 13, 1950

DISCARDED DRUG SAMPLES

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San Francisco.

JAMA. 1950;143(2):198. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910370048022

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  I was interested in the recent brief article from a Post Office Department employee concerning the discarding in post office waste baskets of drug samples by recipient physicians. This article prompts me to write you about another hazard which arises from the mailing of samples of drugs to physicians at their homes.Until recently I lived in Park Merced, a housing project owned by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company which includes 1,800 apartments and soon will have double that number. Numerous samples of drugs were sent to my home by various pharmaceutical houses, most of which went into the garbage can. In Park Merced there were (and are) vast numbers of young children, some of whom rummage through waste containers and garbage cans and at least one drug was sampled by a child while I was there.Can the American Medical Association persuade the drug manufacturers not

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