N.A.R.D. Notes Volume 22, No. 10

National Association of Druggists

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 Excerpt: ...unprecedented high prices are, in fact, due to the attitude of some officials who seem unwilling to permit the trade to procure good therapeutic preparations at reasonable prices under any name whatever, to replace many chemicals that have disappeared from the market or are available only at prohibitive figures. The war abroad of course is held responsible. This condition is referred to in the recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, which states that both national and state prosecutions are being brought to suppress some substitutes for one chemical preparation which, it is mentioned, is now obtainable. This together with other facts seems to show that it is the intention of certain officials to prosecute or persecute any one who uses the mails to procure standard and reliable supplies for any preparation which is desired to put on the market when it would seem to conflict with monopolistic interests. It is claimed that these officials use witnesses trained for the purpose, and proceed to show that a good preparation or chemical compound, having excellent medical and therapeutic properties is of no medicinal value and is fraudulent. It also is claimed that these witnesses, acting as chemists so-called, make an analysis with a view toward finding nothing but inert ingredients, and these findings, when submitted to so-called chemical experts, result in a statement from the latter to the effect that the chemical compound is of no medicinal value and therefore fraudulent. If these contentions are true, it is plain that the monopolistic efforts are fruitful for the direct effect is to freeze out those who might be able to procure the necessary preparations, and leave the field clear to mulct the doctor, druggist, ...