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September 8, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(10):843. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590370079038

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To the Editor:  —To the communication of Dr. S. Pollitzer (The Journal, July 28, 1917, p. 305) concerning the price of salvarsan in this country, I wish to add one thing, and I will ask a few questions.In Athens, Greece, in 1913, I used to buy either salvarsan or neosalvarsan, the full dose, 0.9 gm., for 8 drachmas, or $1.55, and the minimum dose, 0.45 gm., for 4.50 drachmas, or $0.89, and the same drugs were sold to the hospitals for 20 per cent. less.What then, makes the price of salvarsan in the United States so high? Does it pay duty? How much does the same thing cost in Germany? What is the price of arsenobenzol in comparison of that of salvarsan if "the chemicals that enter cost normally only a few dollars per pound"? Why pay $3 per 0.3 gm. of galyl, another arsenical, in this country?

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