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December 15, 1945

"WHY TRADENAMES FOR ANTIBIOTICS?"

JAMA. 1945;129(16):1122. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860500054021

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  I wish to compliment you on the editorial comment "Why Tradenames for Antibiotics?" (The Journal, October 20). This could readily apply to many other phases of the pharmaceutic practices. We are obliged to phone the druggist taking the proper name of many preparations before prescribing. The rank and file of physicians, as I discover, are disgusted with this practice, and I believe we would gladly specify any firm that might put out its products under the name that would indicate the real composition and use. I doubt if we really fall for the trick of trade names by different houses. I for one would select a firm in which I have confidence and prescribe accordingly.

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