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August 31, 1963


JAMA. 1963;185(9):17-18. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060090001001

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Proposed Ban on Antibiotic "Cold Remedies." —  The Food and Drug Administration proposed to take off the market oral systemic drugs that contain an antibiotic in combination with an analgesic substance or a decongestant or an antihistaminic or caffeine."There is no acceptable evidence that any antimicrobial agent is of any value in the treatment of the common cold or any other upper respiratory viral infection," declared a special six-physician advisory panel.The FDA also ordered drug companies to prove efficacy claims by Sept 6 for over-the-counter products containing antibiotics, such as nose drops, sprays, lozenges, mouthwashes and cold cream. Some 30 lesser antibiotics are used in such preparations.Members of the advisory panel, whose recommendations were unanimous, are Drs. Harry Dowling, chairman of the University of Illinois School of Medicine and chairman of the American Medical Association's Council on Drugs; Paul Beeson, Yale University School of Medicine; Maxwell Finland,

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