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September 25, 1909


JAMA. 1909;LIII(13):1034. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550130050008

On another page1 we give the essential features of the new Canadian "Act Respecting Proprietary and Patent Medicines." A careful perusal of this act will leave the impression that the law has been framed with a view rather to appeasing public clamor than to furnishing public protection. The law defines "proprietary or patent medicine," in the sense in which the terms are used in the statute, as any artificial remedy or prescription whose name, composition or definition is not to be found in the various pharmacopeias or approved formularies or—and herein lies "joker" number one— which has not the "true formula or list of medicinal ingredients, which must not contain cocain," printed on the label or wrapper. This would seem to mean that nostrums of the most dangerous and objectionable type would not come under the jurisdiction of the new act, providing they contained no cocain, and their ingredients