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March 17, 1945

Current Comment

JAMA. 1945;127(11):653. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860110033012

PENICILLIN AVAILABLE THROUGH NORMAL COMMERICAL CHANNELS  Effective March 15, producers and distributors of penicillin may sell this drug through normal commercial channels. The material will be released in vials containing 100,000 units of sodium penicillin for human parenteral medication. Since May 1944 a limited amount of penicillin has been available for civilian use through the Penicillin Distribution unit in Chicago, which was established by the War Production Board. Hospitals will not be required to place orders through the Penicillin Distribution office, as has been done since last May. However, the office will remain open for a while to meet emergency needs. If a hospital is unable to get penicillin from a distributor it may order from the WPB Chicago Penicillin Distribution office. Distributors have been authorized to sell 1,280,000 packages from March 15 to March 31. An additional quantity of approximately 1,500,000 vials will be made available