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July 30, 1955

NEW COUNCIL PROGRAMS

JAMA. 1955;158(13):1172-1173. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960130026013

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Abstract

After months of study by the councils concerned and the Board of Trustees, a revision of the programs of the scientific councils of the Association was announced in The Journal in February (J. A. M. A.157:664 [Feb. 19] 1955). For many years these councils have provided leadership in the evaluation of products used by physicians and, to a lesser extent, by the public. In the evaluation programs, council seals were awarded to manufacturers and distributors of drugs, foods, devices, and cosmetics that met acceptance requirements. In some instances the prominence given to the seal of acceptance program made it appear to dominate the work of the councils in the collecting, analyzing, and disseminating of medical information. Additionally, the evaluation of a multitude of individual brands, rather than classes of products, became so time-consuming that it threatened to interfere with the broader aspects of the council programs.

For these reasons

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