Medicinal preparations are on the market that are said to contain the digestive ferments pepsin and pancreatin. A combination containing these two digestives, at least in liquid form, is, as some one has expressed it, "a therapeutic absurdity and a chemical monstrosity." The subcommittee of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry, to which some of the proprietaries, or "specialties," were referred, has for nearly a year labored with the problem as to what should be done with them. The committee appreciated that some of these preparations were being used by a large number of physicians, and to refuse to recognize any of them might subject the Council to the charge of being too narrow, too particular, or too something or other—at least unless the reason for such refusal was explained in a convincing manner.
In the Pharmacology Department this week1 will be found the report of the committee as adopted
MONSTROSITIES IN COMBINATIONS OF DIGESTIVE FERMENTS.. JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(5):423-424. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520310047007