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November 9, 1963

Labeling of Prescription Drugs

JAMA. 1963;186(6):611. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710060097027

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To the Editor:  —I was pleased indeed with the editorial "Labeling of Prescription Drugs" which appeared in the July 27, 1963, issue of The Journal (185:316).Ever since I obtained my license to practice medicine, I have insisted that the pharmacist either give the patient the original bottle of medicine put out by the drug house or label his own bottle with the name of the drug. I have never had occasion to regret this; on the contrary, I have always found the patient to be pleased with this arrangement.You have very succinctly reviewed the benefits of labeling prescriptions. I do not see any objection to labeling barbiturates or opiates; I have never had any trouble in prescribing them. With a little explanation, the patient has always understood. For example, I have frequently used small doses of an opiate for a short time in an endeavor to break

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