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There is only one restriction upon the character of medicines supplied to the public, to be expected at the hands of the law-makers in the period now before us, namely: restriction, with the intent to put a stop to concealment of composition and identity. That legal restriction to this effect may be instituted in some of the States at any time, and is likely to become prevalent, appears manifest from the temper of the law-making mind, shown in various ways, especially in the scope of the enactments against adulterations. Any alteration of composition is prohibited if it be not made known to the purchaser (or consumer), but is allowed if it be so made known. Various irregular admixtures are specifically authorized upon the one condition that they shall be explicitly announced on the label. On the other hand, various colorings and facings of food, which are harmless in themselves, are
PRESCOTT AB. THE THERAPEUTICAL ECONOMICS OF OPEN COMPOSITION.. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(16):891-892. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450160010002a