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April 23, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(17):1380-1381. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550430032005

Now that the rather spirited discussion as to the scope of the Pharmacopoeia is being carried into the columns of the daily press it may be well to stop and consider what the Pharmacopeia is, to whom it belongs and what are the interests of the owners in the question of its scope. The United States Pharmacopeia is the property of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention; the latter is made up of delegates from medical and pharmaceutical colleges and societies and from the three government medical services. The book belongs to this Convention alone; neither the commercial interests nor the officials engaged in the enforcement of the federal and state food and drug laws have as yet any rights in the work. The mere fact that Congress when it passed the Food and Drugs Act adopted the standards of the United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary for the preparations contained

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