As indicated in our fourth article (The Journal, page 1178) the pharmaceutical preparations of secret composition protected by trade-marked and fancy names are not entitled to medical patronage. There remain now for consideration as allied preparations several other classes, including: 6. Proprietary Pharmaceuticals—preparations under trademark or copyrighted names of which the general constituents are known, the purported formulas being represented by enumeration of ingredients more or less intelligibly, without information as to how a similar preparation could be produced.
Preparations of this class, from the fact that the formulas are either printed on the labels or appear in the advertisements, are regarded as unobjectionable by many medical men, while they are condemned by pharmacists, as being impracticable and sometimes as being outright fictions. These positions are, on the part of both physician and pharmacist, often wrong, being based on incomplete information on the pharmaceutical chemistry involved in
RELATIONS OF PHARMACY TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSION. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(21):1327–1329. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610210033002
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