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March 17, 1945

WILL PENICILLIN BE USED INDISCRIMINATELY?

JAMA. 1945;127(11):672. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860110052021

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The public press announces a wide range of applications of penicillin in preparation for release to laymen after March 15. Penicillin lozenges, chewing gum and dental paste are listed with penicillin vaginal jelly. Further, it is stated that cosmetic manufacturers are studying penicillin with an eye toward including penicillin in face creams, shaving pastes and lotions and similar products.What measures, if any, have been taken to control the self administration of penicillin in the vehicles listed? Has any official representation been made to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Administration regarding need for regulation? Has any state or municipality amended its sanitary code or pharmacy laws to include penicillin? Has any official educational effort been initiated to apprise the potential customers of penicillin toothpaste, penicillin dental cream or penicillin chewing gum regarding the effective time-dose factors for effective utilization of the drug? Inadequate dosage is now known

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