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February 6, 1904

Price and Quality of Diphtheria Antitoxin.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(6):385. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490510039012

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Philadelphia, Jan. 30, 1904.

To the Editor:  —In your editorial of January 23, on the subject of "The Price of Diphtheria Antitoxin," you state: "Judging from the correspondence before us, and from the information which we have concerning the manufacture of antitoxin, we can not but believe that the prices of antitoxin have been and are higher than is necessary for a reasonable profit."Appreciating the wrong impression that has been created by the sensational articles appearing in the lay press and by your statement relative to the price charged being unreasonable, and to give the reasons why we discontinued the lower potency of antitoxin, formerly known as "Standard," will you permit me to state the following facts:During the past nine years we have been preparing antitoxin especially to meet the demand of American physicians. We offered at first three grades, known as "Standard," containing 100 units per c.c.;

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