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December 15, 1945

"WHY TRADENAMES FOR ANTIBIOTICS?"

JAMA. 1945;129(16):1122. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860500054022

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  May I take the liberty to say that your short editorial comment is but too justified. The trade names for the various barbituric acids and the vitamins are already a heavy burden to the memory of the physicians. Yesterday it cost me quite a time to find out which firm manufactures cevitamic acid and whether the name was cevitamic or cevitaminic acid. There is no grammatical reason for one or the other way to write it. As I did not want to ask a drug store, I was compelled to look over quite a number of periodicals; finally I found out that it is. manufactured by Abbott and is spelled cevitamic acid (for ascorbic acid). It would be much simpler and easier in case physicians could prescribe Ascorbic Acid, Squibb, or Ascorbic Acid, Abbott, or whatever other product they would prefer. In the same way it would

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