The medical and pharmaceutical status of the medicinal articles heretofore considered may be easily estimated as compared with those remaining for consideration, viz.:
THE PHARMACEUTICAL SPECIALTIES.
Under this title are comprised all pharmaceutical or chemical preparations—not definite compounds—whose composition is well known, either through the name of the article or published formula. There are many articles having a descriptive name which are, however, more or less secret in composition through lack of adequate information on the part of the manufacturers. Such information has, however, been supplied by pharmacists and chemists who have examined these articles and reported their results. Based on such reports formulas have often been constructed, which not infrequently have been incorporated in the United States Pharmacopeia and in the National Formulary. Many of them have names not sufficiently descriptive, in order that they may be protected as trade-marks or copyrights, and in this lies the chief
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