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In our news columns this week will be noted a death in St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago, from the accidental use of a solution of atropin when urotropin had been ordered. This incident calls attention to the evil attendant on the prevalent manner of naming new remedies—proprietary, in nearly every instance. Is it to be wondered at that mistakes are made when we have to contend with the following similar names of preparations of widely different character and composition: Sanatogen, Sanitol, Sanitas, Sanoform, Sanoforme, Sanosal, Sanose and Sanosin? Then we have a variety of names that apply to the same article, as occurs in this particular instance which has caused a death. Hexamethylene tetramine is now an official preparation in the U. S. Pharmacopeia as Hexamethylenamine—an awkward word for physicians to get used to, but one that it seems will have to be adopted. This was first introduced as Urotropin, but
CATCHY NAMES AND THEIR DANGERS.. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(12):944. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520120040010