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December 12, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(24):1482. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490430036010

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The newspapers announce that a druggist in New York was recently compelled to deliver a prescription to a patient, the latter claiming that he was entitled to it, and the claim being upheld by a lower court. This has started the vexed question on its rounds again and the newspapers are, as usual, deciding the matter for us. At times the question as to who owns the prescription is an important one, not only for the physician, but for the patient. For instance, if a physician writes a prescription that contains an ingredient that may be harmful if its use is continued, it is very important that he should have the right to say whether it should be refilled, or whether it should be delivered to the patient. The fact is, after all is said about the matter, the prescription is simply a letter—a note—to the chemist instructing him to

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