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December 23, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(26):986. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420780034010

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A law which provides that druggists shall carefully preserve all prescriptions compounded by them or those in their employ; numbering, dating and filing them in the order in which they are compounded, and shall produce the same in court or before any grand jury whenever thereto lawfully required, and on failing, neglecting or refusing so to do shall be deemed to be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction shall be punished by a fine, the Supreme Court of Missouri for the second time pronounced constitutional in the case of State v. Davis, decided Nov. 9, 1893. But what is of even more interest, is the holding that under such a statute druggists can not be required to produce all of the prescriptions compounded by them or filed by them during any specified length of time, however short, to be inspected and inquired into by the grand jury, no matter

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