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March 4, 1939

New Jersey Formulary (N. J. F.)

JAMA. 1939;112(9):874-875. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800090084032

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This booklet opens with suggestions to physicians which include a plea for prescription writing in place of the prescribing of controlled-name products. This section includes the statement that "to combat commercial domination of therapeutics, the Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry of the American Medical Association was formed. Physicians should avail themselves of the help which their own Council can give them." The booklet contains the usual tables of weights, measures and equivalents and then suggests various preparations which are designated "N. J. F." (New Jersey Formulary). These are essentially modifications of the National Formulary preparations included in the book. Typical prescriptions are given for sedatives, elixirs, analgesic capsules, tonics and carminatives. The general purpose of this book is excellent. The advisability of suggesting prescriptions to physicians has certain advantages and also certain disadvantages. One item which is obviously designed to supplant expensive proprietary preparations of this type is a baby

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