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March 4, 1961

Dispensing Drugs

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Instructor of Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence College of Pharmacy St. John's University Jamaica 32, N. Y.

JAMA. 1961;175(9):825. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040090085031

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To the Editor:—  With regard to the Question and Answer captioned, "Dispensing Drugs" (JAMA174:1357 [Nov. 5] 1960), it would seem relevant and important that the questioner be advised that, in addition to The Journal's ethical consideration of office dispensing of drugs, certain legal qualifications exist. These various legal considerations are interpretive of state and local regulations, as well as of universally applicable federal requirements. Similarly, the nature of the drug dispensed not only may pose extralegal restrictions on the physician, but also may color any ethical considerations.In New York State, for example, an M.D. is required by law when dispensing barbiturates, or any other hypnotic or somnifacient drugs, to record the date of dispensing, name of the drug, amount dispensed, and name and address of the patient. Likewise, physicians are required to place a label on the container stating their name and address, the name and address

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