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August 20, 1960


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2940 Summit St. Oakland 9, Calif.

JAMA. 1960;173(16):1860. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020340078028

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To the Editor:—  I am concerned about the many drugs which are now being offered to physicians by mail-order companies at lower prices than are paid for such drugs when they are made by ethical pharmaceutical companies and sold through prescription pharmacies. Prednisone and prednisolone especially are thus advertised and distributed for 1/10 to 1/15th of the charge for these corticoids made by ethical concerns.These cheap products have no insignia on them indicating the manufacturer. I assume that most of them are being made out of the United States or by some manufacturer who does not wish to stand behind the effectiveness of the hormone. I have given these corticoids to selected allergic patients whose financial status is very limited. Unfortunately, the resultant control of the allergy has been less than that brought about by similar doses of such hormones made by ethical companies. In some cases, no relief

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