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July 26, 1976

Oral Bronchodilators Containing Tartrazine

Author Affiliations

Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia

JAMA. 1976;236(4):347. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270040013017

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To the Editor.—  As supplementary material to Drs Buswell and Lefkowitz's commentary on "Oral Bronchodilators containing Tartrazine" (235:1111, 1976), readers may find Cohon's article, "Tartrazine Revisited" (Drug Intelligence Clin Pharmacol 9:198, 1975) of use when dealing with tartrazine-sensitive patients. Following a brief review of tartrazine hypersensitivity, Cohon presents a compilation of over 700 tartrazine-containing drugs and drug products from major US pharmaceutical manufacturers. Although formulation changes have undoubtedly occurred since the list's publication, it still remains one of the most comprehensive and attainable lists available. However, as mentioned in The Journal, what's really needed is a full disclosure of such coloring additives on the product labels.