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January 8, 1910

THE PHARMACIST AND THE NOSTRUM BUSINESS

JAMA. 1910;LIV(2):136. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550280046006

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Abstract

For more than half a century the American Pharmaceutical Association has done splendid work in the interest of scientific pharmacy, its annual reports embodying a vast amount of invaluable data. Unfortunately, until within the last few years this association has dealt almost exclusively with the scientific side of pharmacy, having to a large extent ignored the economic problems of the profession; it also neglected to recognize aright the needs of the individual pharmacist and did little to encourage local organization. More recently, however, and when too late, it has extended the scope of its activities and branches have been established here and there which are dealing with local problems. By its former short-sighted policy, the American Pharmaceutical Association lost its opportunity—its hold on the retail pharmacists. By ignoring the very evident fact that pharmacy was a business as well as a profession and by refusing to recognize the equally patent

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