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May 7, 1910

THE UNITED STATES PHARMACOPEIA FOR 1910HOW MAY IT BE CONSTRUCTED?

JAMA. 1910;LIV(19):1500-1501. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550450001001e

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Abstract

1. Let the new Pharmacopeia contain only such drugs as are of positive therapeutic value.

If we are in the age of scientific beliefs and research. I cannot see how this preamble can be objected to by anyone. Certainly no one individual practitioner wishes to perpetuate a drug he considers valueless, or would use for a specific purpose one that he deemed valueless. In the abstract, then, no one could object to this resolution. Now as to what drugs are valueless : Here comes the crux of the whole discussion and perhaps the Waterloo of the recommendation ; and nothing will save it but to carry by storm Recommendation 2, viz. :

2. Let it be officially declared that when a drug or preparation of a drug that is not official in the Pharmacopeia of 1910 is prescribed, that the standard of purity and the method of preparation is that ordered in the last Pharmacopeia

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