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July 17, 1948


JAMA. 1948;137(12):1043. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890460039011

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In February 1946 The Journal called attention editorially to a great variety of names for penicillin that had been introduced by manufacturers and purveyors. So many names had been offered that they seemed designed to conceal rather than reveal the nature of the product. Now come other titles that fail to indicate the nature of the product but which suggest the section of the body, or the animal, at which they are aimed, or that are otherwise as ridiculous. Here are a few samples from recent lists:

Buffecillin (Pfizer)

Crysticillin (Squibb)

Dairycillin (Schenley)

Duracillin (Lilly)

Flo-Cillin (Bristol Laboratories)

Gelu-Cillin (Warner)

Hypercillin (Cutter)

Intracillin (Warner)

Par-Pen (Smith, Kline &

Capicillin (Barron Chemical Corp.)

Denticillin (Marlo Laboratories)

Nasocillin (Mol-La Laboratories)

Ophtocillin (Marlo Laboratories)

Rectocillin (Mol-La Laboratories) French)

Pecticillin (Pfizer)

Pelvicin (Schenley)

Pen-Troche (Cutter)

P. O. B. (Cutter)

Poultrycillin (Schenley)

Powdalator (Abbott)

Wycillin (Wyeth)

Salvacillin (Barron Chemical Corp.)

Tablicillin (Barron Chemical Corp.)


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