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April 21, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(16):1203-1204. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270040191022

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To the Editor:  —This letter is written to urge physicians and medical societies, individually and collectively, to exert all the influence they can bring to bear on Congress to abolish the patents on salvarsan, which, aside from causing enormous expense to the sick, have put very serious restrictions on the use of this necessary drug.Now is the best opportunity we shall ever have to get rid of these patents. Our experience with salvarsan during the last two years has been almost intolerable. Salvarsan and its related products, during this time, have been obtainable only through the grace of one man, Mr. H. A. Metz, in New York City. The drug is covered, we understand, by all the protective privileges that can possibly be used in caring for the pecuniary interests of those owning proprietary remedies. The name is copyrighted; the drug itself is a patented product; and the processes

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