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June 10, 1974

Drug Identification

Author Affiliations

Kenmore Mercy Hospital Kenmore, NY

JAMA. 1974;228(11):1371. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230360019010

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To the Editor.—  New York State has enacted legislation providing that every prescription filled must be labeled with the name of the medication, its strength (if applicable), and the manufacturer's name if the drug is prescribed generically. If the physician does not want the name to appear on the medication label, he must so indicate on the prescription in his own handwriting.If the patient is instructed to patronize one pharmacy exclusively, which has initiated a patient-profile system for medications, a gap can be filled in this area of knowing what the patient is taking. The physician can obtain the patient's medication history, name and strength of medications, and frequency of refills, therefore, the regularity of actual use. This prescription profile service also provides data regarding medications prescribed by other physicians and about which the patient is reticent or unwilling to reveal or discuss. Thus, by urging the patient to