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July 11, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(2):46. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.04470010018008

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The following paragraph has appeared in one journal or another for several weeks:

"The Supreme Courts of New York and Massachusetts have settled the matter as to who owns a medical prescription. The substance of the decisions is, that the physician, in prescribing, gives the patient a written order for drugs, and their delivery terminates the operation. The druggist may, on his own responsibility, renew the drugs, for he is a merchant, and has a right to sell drugs in any shape. He is not bound to give a copy of the prescription, nor even to keep it."

In the first place, it would be of interest to know how this decision settles the matter of ownership. There is nothing in it to indicate whether the physician, druggist or patient, or all three own it. If the delivery of the drugs on the written order of the physician terminates the transaction,

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