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December 10, 1949

Current Comment

JAMA. 1949;141(15):1059-1060. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910150025010

CLAIMS FOR COLD CURES CRITICIZED BY COUNCIL ON PHARMACY AND CHEMISTRY  The Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry at a recent meeting warned against the indiscriminate use of antihistaminic substances which are now being promoted for the prevention of colds and even for the treatment of those suffering from colds. The Council, while recognizing that data have been accumulated relative to such uses, is not convinced that they are sufficient to warrant the positive statements that are being made. The Council warns that instances have been reported of users of these drugs becoming drowsy and even falling asleep while at work and, in occasional cases, while driving cars or operating machinery. A review of the present status of these products will be prepared so that physicians who prescribe the drugs may be aware of their possibilities. In the meantime the Council declares that experience with these substances is

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