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March 9, 1918


JAMA. 1918;70(10):688-689. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26010100012011

It has been suggested that the new official names for licensed synthetic drugs be kept prominently before physicians until they have become by repetition familiar to the profession. They are:

  • Arsphenamine, introduced as "salvarsan."

  • Procaine, introduced as "novocaine."

  • Barbital, introduced as "veronal."

  • Barbital-Sodium, introduced as "veronal-sodium."

SELECTION OF SYNTHETICS  One of the most impressive lessons taught by the stoppage of importations of synthetic drugs as a result of the war is the fact that only a comparatively small proportion of the synthetics still protected by patents and introduced into this country and widely advertised before the war has been found essential for the proper medical care of the people. Of this small proportion, only a very few have been in such urgent and widespread demand that manufacturers have been glad to undertake their preparation without feeling that they were entering on the enterprise simply as an act of patriotic sacrifice.