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November 6, 1915

ABOLISHING SECRECY AND MYSTERY IN "PATENT MEDICINES"

JAMA. 1915;LXV(19):1649-1650. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580190055020

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Abstract

Nearly a year ago—Dec. 31, 1914—the New York Board of Health made a notable revision of the sanitary code. The revised code requires that on and after Dec. 31, 1915, no proprietary or "patent medicines" shall be sold in the city of New York until certain requirements have been met. The essential requirement is that the names of all ingredients for which therapeutic effects are claimed, and of all other ingredients, except such as are physiologically inactive, shall be furnished the department of health. A statement of the quantities of these ingredients is not required. This information will be given in confidence and will not be open to inspection by the public or any other than the official custodian of such records or those duly authorized to prosecute the laws, municipal, state and federal. An alternative is offered. Instead of depositing this information with the department of health, the exploiters

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