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November 30, 1918


JAMA. 1918;71(22):1848. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600480064025

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To the Editor:  —I notice on the market in local drug stores an article made by "John Wyeth & Son, Sole Proprietors, Philadelphia," labeled "Spencer's Chloramine Pastilles" and recommended for "influenza" and other (similar) conditions. It is further stated that "as the name indicates," these pastilles are made up of ammonium chlorid and other substances (which are named), and contain opium.In view of the fact that "chloramin" is the accepted name of p-toluene sulphochloramid, and that this substance has been recommended for use as a throat spray in connection with the present epidemic of influenza, it seems as though the "chloramine pastilles" were likely to deceive the public, and result in greater, rather than less danger to the people who do not know the nature of these substances, or their relative value.Should not this be called to the attention of the medical profession, and if possible, of the

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