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September 24, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(13):897. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500130045012

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A Philadelphia chemical company is trying to corrupt those of our profession who may be corruptible by the old scheme—for it has been tried several times before without success—of offering commissions on prescriptions in the shape of shares of stock in the company "A credit will be allowed, equal to 25 per cent of the wholesale price of the prescriptions prescribed, redeemable in stock of the company." The company in its booklet assures the reader that the concern "is strictly a co-operative pharmaceutical house, owned, controlled and operated in the interest of the profession. Ninety-five per cent, of the stockholders are medical men, and no stock will be sold or disposed of except to members of the medical profession and doctors of dental surgery." This certainly will reassure anyone who may have any doubts as to the ethical nature of the scheme. Positively no stock-exchange operators or other gamblers will

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