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To the Editor: A pharmacist recently brought to my attention a change in the strength of Whitfield's ointment. The newly issued United States Pharmacopeia XV contains Whitfield's ointment, which was previously listed in the National Formulary. The generic name for Whitfield's ointment is benzoic and salicylic acid ointment.
This most recent listing in the U. S. P. XV lists our familiar Whitfield's ointment in its half-strength form. In other words, the official Whitfield's ointment now contains only 3% salicylic acid and 6% benzoic acid. The base is polyethylene glycol ointment. If this change in strength of Whitfield's ointment is not common knowledge, I feel that some notification should be made to the dermatologists through the medium of the Archives. The question arises whether the dermatologists were consulted regarding this change.
Sauer GC. WHITFIELD'S OINTMENT. AMA Arch Derm. 1957;76(3):361. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550210087016
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