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To the Editor:
—May I express my most sincere approval of the ruling of the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry for excluding from New and Nonofficial Remedies drugs (however valuable their therapeutic action may be, or however honestly described their chemical constituency) not distinctly named to show the active drug that they contain. Esterol should be "benzyl succinate," prepared by Frederick Stearns & Company.It should be suggested by its name that any drug or preparation acts differently from the basic drug it contains. A drug or preparation should be ordered by its name, and then the preferred maker specified, if desired. For instance: Elixir Glycerophosphates (the name of the maker of the preparation desired); Antipneumococcic Serum (the name of the maker of the preparation desired); Novocaine (the name of the maker of the preparation desired); Aromatic Fluidextract of Cascara (the name of the maker of the preparation desired); Fluidextract
Osborne OT. THE NAMES OF PROPRIETARY PREPARATIONS. JAMA. 1923;80(2):127–128. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640290057029
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