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August 12, 1950

DRUG SAMPLES

JAMA. 1950;143(15):1360. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910500062024

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Regarding the question of drug samples sent to physicians, I think something should be done to stop the tremendous yearly waste which this amounts to. I, for one, do not advocate the distribution of drug samples to the patient by the physician. It detracts from the art and the practice of medicine. I do say, however, that reputable drug companies act in good faith when they distribute their samples.Rather than discard these drug samples, which probably cost thousands of dollars per year, I suggest that doctors have them ready for collection regularly by a representative of their local county and state medical societies. While these drug samples are distributed in small size packages providing one or two trial doses, thousands of these small packages of the same drug would total a substantial supply from all over the country. This work could possibly be handled by one

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