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July 24, 1915

Phosphorated Oil

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JAMA. 1915;LXV(4):353. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580040063032

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To the Editor:  —In reading the special article on "Practical Pharmacology" (The Journal, July 3, 1915, p. 28), it occurred to me that others may have experienced the same difficulty that I have with the filling of the prescription there recorded:This is a remedy of high repute in rickets, and being therefore commonly used for little children and so potent a drug, the accuracy of dosage is of first importance. Phosphorus must be weighed under water, and one-sixth grain so required does not meet a cheerful response from the druggist. I have therefore joined the safety first movement, using the 1 per cent, oil of the National Formulary, and write the prescription as follows:This gives the same composition and greater assurance of accuracy in the majority of cases.I believe the safety to the patient, convenience to the dispenser and resultant comfort to the prescriber justify the suggestion

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