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October 10, 1925


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JAMA. 1925;85(15):1154. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670150052030

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To the Editor:  —In the article on this subject, page 1079, October 3, it is stated that Dr. F. W. Wittich developed a formula for a "patent medicine" and allowed it to be put on the market for indiscriminate sale to, and the uncritical use by, the public.The undersigned is the president of the Heidbrink Company of Minneapolis, which is the owner of the Trade Mark "Anacin." This trade mark was acquired from a pharmacist in Minneapolis who claimed that the formula had been suggested to him by a number of prescriptions compounded by him for Dr. Wittich. This pharmacist had the name "Anacin" trade marked and he originated the name.For a short time the sales manager printed on direction sheets accompanying each package "From a prescription of Dr. Wittich," with the idea of conforming to a rather extensive practice at that time of so accounting for proprietary

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