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The problem of economy in the use of drugs in war time is of major importance when a restriction of importations arises or appears imminent. The Therapeutic Requirements Committee was appointed in September 1939 by the Medical Research Council in consultation with the Ministry of Health to "consider the question of essential drugs to be used under war conditions and to give guidance to those responsible for insuring the supply of these." The list of drugs included in the booklet is based on the British Pharmacopeia 1932, including Addenda 1936 and 1940, and on the British Pharmaceutical Codex 1934 and are classified as follows:
Drugs which are at present either
Regarded as essential or
Drugs which are essential for certain purposes but not for others and in the use of which strict economy should be observed.
Drugs which are not essential and do
Economy in the Use of Drugs in War-Time. With an Appendix Giving a List of Drugs of Which Production Within the British Empire Sould be Encouraged. JAMA. 1941;116(26):2891. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820260065027
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