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July 15, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(3):230-231. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640030056024

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Adulteration of Pharmaceuticals  At a time like this, when deception and graft are found on every hand, it is not surprising to note that pharmaceuticals are adulterated. Repeatedly, the discovery has been made here that, in place of cocain, arsphenamin, santonin and other drugs, preparations of inferior value are sold. Instead of arsphenamin, gypsum colored with brickdust is furnished in ampules, and as a substitute for santonin a buyer may receive magnesium sulphate. Recently, acetylsalicylic acid was replaced by sodium bicarbonate. These tablets presented the same outward appearance as the genuine tablets, even as to the style of type used on the wrapper and the trademark of the manufacturer; also the glass tubes were of the same size; the outer capsule, with the name of the manufacturer stamped on it, and the label were close imitations of the original. As certain quantities of these adulterated products have been sent to

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