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May 26, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(4):296-298. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860210052017

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)May 21, 1945.

Drug Cartels and the National Health  Following a warning by Wendel Berge, assistant U. S. attorney general, that drug cartels and monopolies have seriously retarded national health, a House subcommittee investigating aid to the physically handicapped has proposed war on monopolies and cartels in industries relating to health. Elimination of such monopolies, said Mr. Berge, would be "one of the most constructive tasks of our generation." He said that the "time had come for Congress to consider the cartel problem in all its aspects." He asserted that monopoly practices in the medicinal and pharmaceutical field led to suppression of research data, prevented introduction of improved processes and products and kept outsiders from engaging in research. He declared that "because of artificial and exorbitant price structures the low income groups in particular have been unable to obtain the benefits of advances in

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