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June 19, 1926

DISTRIBUTION OF PHARMACEUTIC SAMPLES

JAMA. 1926;86(25):1931. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670510053033

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —I desire to call your attention to the growing and pernicious custom of drug houses in mailing their literature and samples to the homes of physicians. I regret to note that some of the better pharmaceutic firms are also entering into this practice. The average daily mail contains from one to a dozen circulars, many of which are not desirable for a home library table, and certainly not elevating reading for children. Many of the samples are laxatives and douche powders containing poisons and are a menace to the home.I simply call this matter to your attention, hoping for general disapproval and thereby securing cooperation sufficient to stop this bad method of advertising.

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