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March 13, 1967


JAMA. 1967;199(11):19-21. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120110011003

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AMA Opposes Hart Bill—  The American Medical Association said that dispensing of drugs and devices, including eyeglasses, "is a privilege granted to physicians in order that they may best serve the public interest."The AMA position was put forth by James Z. Appel, MD, Lancaster, Pa, immediate past president of the AMA, in a statement prepared for presentation before the Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee which is considering legislation that would prohibit such dispensing by physicians."American medicine condemns any abuse of privilege," Appel said. "But the bill under consideration would withdraw the privilege entirely, regardless of its benefits for the many, because it is abused by the insignificant few."If a physician's patients obtain from him only the drugs or devices needed for their medical treatment, at prices no higher than those for which they would be obtained elsewhere; and if they can be obtained from him with equal