To the Editor.—Companies not infrequently place a new product on the market using a name well known to the public. These new products, though related to the older products, may have a very different chemical composition from them. Liquid Drano, a product of the Drackett Company, Cincinnati, presents just such a situation which is of marked importance to the otolaryngologist and the pediatrician.
"Drano ingestion" has been synonymous with the ingestion of NaOH. This is, of course, a caustic and presents many problems for the otolaryngologist. During the past year, a new product, "Liquid Drano" has been introduced and marketed. This product is meant to be used in similar circumstances as the older dry product, but is of completely different composition; only the name is the same. Liquid Drano is 1,1,1, trichloroethane. Synonyms for this chemical are alpha-trichloroethane, methyl chloroform, and chlorothene. The substance is a halogenated hydrocarbon which
ECKBERG TJ. ONLY THE NAME'S THE SAME. Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;87(5):570. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00760060572036
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