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December 8, 1945

Government Services

JAMA. 1945;129(15):1038. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860490050016

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Regulations Governing Penicillin  All orders for penicillin from American civilian hospitals, U. S. veterans' hospitals and the U. S. Public Health service must be treated by suppliers as though the orders bear CC preference ratings, the Civilian Production Administration announced November 23.Distributors ordering penicillin for hospital use will receive, on certification, the same preferential treatment. (Orders from army and navy hospitals already receive MM preference ratings.) The action was effected by issuing direction 4 to conservation order M-300. Supplies of penicillin are adequate to meet all essential requirements in this country, officials state. The purpose in issuing the direction is to safeguard hospital supplies in the face of rising foreign demand. The United States is the only large producer of penicillin. The Civilian Production Administration now is working with the Office of International Trade Operations of the Department of Commerce to restore export controls on this drug. Producers of

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