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July 1, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(1):61-62. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740260063024

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Changes in Regulations Controlling Narcotics  In a decree of the federal minister of the interior, May 20, the regulations governing the medical prescribing of opiates and cocaine were modified to meet the demands of the medical profession with respect especially to the prescribing of cocaine. From June 1, 1933, on, cocaine not to exceed 2 per cent may be prescribed for use on the eyes as an ointment in place of a solution, which heretofore has alone been permitted, provided the presuppositions with respect to indications noted in The Journal, Feb. 28, 1931, page 706, obtain; that is to say, if the use of cocaine is unavoidable and the substitutes are inadequate. Prescriptions calling for the pure substance are still prohibited. With respect to cocaine ointment, it is stipulated, as for the solution, that the maximum of 0.1 Gm. of cocaine salts must not be exceeded. In addition to the

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