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January 1944

RATIONAL PHARMACEUTIC TREATMENT OF DISEASES OF THE SKIN

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(1):16-18. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510070019004

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Abstract

I. SUGGESTED SUBSTITUTE FORMULAS FOR WHITE OINTMENT AND YELLOW OINTMENT U. S. P. XII.

The two official ointment bases, white ointment U. S. P. and yellow ointment U. S. P., are not worthy of places in the therapy of the prescribing dermatologist. Their only virtue lies in their freedom from rancidity. Their formulas disregard the niceties of prescription writing. They take no account of the level of assumed activity of the prescribed ointment, whether epidermic, endodermic or diadermic. It is difficult to incorporate powders into these bases. No provision is made for adding liquid petrolatum. The predominance of mineral grease reduces the value of these ointment bases for eruptions of the skin or scalp accompanied by oozing or moisture. The emulsifying characteristics of animal fats, such as lard, are lacking.

The suggested substitutes for the official bases consider the intended level of action. Is the ointment intended solely for the

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