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April 12, 1941

Current Comment

JAMA. 1941;116(15):1648. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820150038014

SULFATHIAZOLE CONTAMINATED WITH PHENOBARBITAL  From various portions of the United States, records continue to accumulate of human beings who suffered either death or injury from the use of the tablets of sulfathiazole which were contaminated with phenobarbital and which were manufactured by the Winthrop Chemical Company and distributed with the series designation MP and a subsequent figure. In its latest warning to hospitals and to the medical profession, the Winthrop Chemical Company says:Please examine the mark on every package of our sulfathiazole tablets and return to us immediately for exchange any package marked with the letters MP. If you have dispensed tablets from bottles bearing these control letters, will you kindly endeavor to recover all such tablets which have not been consumed.The communities from which have come reports of some seventeen deaths which may have been attributable to the use of contaminated tablets include Allentown, Pa.; Lincoln, Neb.;