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December 14, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXV(24):1054-1055. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430500040013

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The "original package" and "interstate commerce" contention has now, after a season with almost everything else ranging from liquors to pianos, been attached to the sale of medicines. Iowa has a statute which requires, under penalty, that any itinerant vendor of any drug, nostrum, ointment or appliance of any kind intended for the treatment of disease or injury, who shall by writing or printing or by any other method publicly profess to cure or treat diseases or deformity by any drug, nostrum, manipulation or other expedient, shall pay a license of one hundred dollars per annum, to be paid to the treasurer of the commission of pharmacy. This statute, it was argued in the case of State v. Wheelock, decided by the Supreme Court of Iowa, Oct. 10,1895, is repugnant to the clause in the federal constitution which provides that Congress shall have power to regulate commerce among the several

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