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May 10, 2000

A Prescription Drug Packaged in China and Sold as an Ethnic Remedy

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(18):2393. doi:10.1001/jama.283.18.2387

To the Editor: A 30-year-old Chinese-American woman presented to the University of Colorado Allergy and Immunology Clinic with acute urticaria. As there was no clear precipitating event, hydroxyzine was prescribed, and she was advised to call if the medication was inadequate or if the urticaria persisted. Several weeks later, she called to report that the hydroxyzine had worked but it lasted only a short time whereas a "Chinese" medicine purchased over the counter at a local Chinese pharmacy had "lasted much longer."