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September 8, 1951

CHANGE IN SIZE OF MEDICINE BOTTLES

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1627 Bull St., Columbia 1, S. C.

JAMA. 1951;147(2):182. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670190082022

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —During the last few years a tendency has developed for pharmaceutical houses to increase the size of eye, ear, nose, and throat medicine dropper bottles from ¼ oz. to ½ oz. and 1 oz. This tendency, in my opinion, not only is a hazard to health but also results in increased cost.Treatment for most eye, ear, or nose diseases requires only ¼ oz. (6 to 7 cc.) of medication. If that amount does not cause considerable improvement, the treatment should be changed. I prescribe only such small amounts, but too many may use 1 oz. size bottles. At least ¾ oz. of the prescribed medicine will be left over, to be used again or to be distributed to friends in the neighborhood for similar conditions, constituting a health hazard. I saw a patient for whom a practitioner prescribed sulfonamide solution for acute conjunctivitis, which cleared up

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