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September 2, 1916

The National Formulary.

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(10):764-765. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590100054030

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The fourth edition of the National Formulary appears simultaneously with the U. S. Pharmacopeia IX, and is to become official at the same time (September 1). The principles which determine its scope, as frankly set forth in the preface, are apparently the same as those applied, though more faintheartedly, in the compilation of the Pharmacopeia. A statement in the preface of the new National Formulary runs:

"The scope of the present National Formulary is the same as in previous issues, and is based onmedical usage rather than on therapeutic ideals. The committee consists entirely of pharmacists, or of men with a pharmaceutical training, and it cannot presume either to judge therapeutic practice or to follow any particular school of therapeutic practice. The question of the addition or deletion of any formula was judged on the basis of its use by physicians and its pharmaceutical soundness. The considerable use by physicians

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