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June 20, 1936

The National Formulary

JAMA. 1936;106(25):2184. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770250068027

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Concurrent with the appearance of the new U. S. Pharmacopeia, the sixth edition of the National Formulary became available. The revisions of this standard reference work, although less significant than changes in the Pharmacopeia, do have their influence on drug therapy and prescription writing. The 320 items omitted are relatively unimportant, because most of them have long since passed into the realm of unnecessary (but unfortunately still prescribed) drugs. The 239 additions include eighty-three items discarded by the Pharmacopeia. Only twenty of these drugs were included in the later editions of Useful Drugs; only two are to be retained in the forthcoming edition — lime and pilocarpine hydrochloride. Other additions include dosage forms of new Pharmacopeial items, several preparations derived from New and Nonofficial Remedies, and at least one (tetrachloroethylene) from medical literature. It is difficult to understand why some items are continued in the present edition. Elixir of five

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