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To the Editor:—
As many of your readers must know, the Winthrop Laboratories has stopped coating its chloroquine tablets, marketed under the name ``Aralen.'' As a result, there are numerous complaints from lupus patients regarding the sickening taste of the new, uncoated form presently being manufactured.A representative of the company has explained that the coated tablets were discontinued because of the danger to children, the theory being that a child would not eat many of the bitter, uncoated tablets.I find this policy beyond rational comprehension. Because a child might be made sick by eating certain pills is certainly no reason to subject sick people to having to swallow a medication so sickening in taste that it would gag a maggot. It certainly is not advisable for a small child to drink a bottle of gin either, but no sane man would suggest that asafetida be added to gin
Blair RW. WINTHROP LABORATORIES: ARALEN TABLETS. Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(4):664. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580100128024
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