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March 27, 1943


Author Affiliations

Secretary, Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry CHICAGO

JAMA. 1943;121(13):1003-1004. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840130017007

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The hospital pharmacy should be a diplomatic door to rational therapeutics in hospital practice. As one of the most frequently consulted therapeutic departments, it is in intimate relation with the hospital administrators, attending physicians and nursing staff. The influence which it can exert over the purchase and dispensing of drugs is often overlooked.

Five principles have been proposed for an adequate pharmacy service in the hospital: the organization of a hospital pharmaceutical service, the appointment of a pharmacy committee, the maintenance of a pharmaceutical reference library, the use of standard preparations and adequate supervision. In determining the policy of operation, the pharmacy committee should recommend only the use of official agents and nonofficial drugs which have been evaluated by competent medical bodies. Informative standards are the United States Pharmacopeia, the National Formulary and New and Nonofficial Remedies, publications of bodies which have been chosen as representative of pharmacy and medicine.

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