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SPECIAL N. A. R. D. and A. PH. A. NUMBE
A LIVE MAGAZINE FOR DRUGGISTS
CONTRIBUTED ARTICLES. A Plea for Pharmaceutical Research. By Wilbur L. Scoville......
415 A Hallowe'en Window Display (Illus
trated). By John B. Bader...... 418 Prescription Pricing in a Bad Way. 419
PRACTICAL PHARMACY. An Improved Formula for Cholera Mix. ture..
432 Darkening of Resorcin Ointment........ 432 Prescription Pricing Comments...
432 Narcotic-free Diarrhea Mixtures..
401 Dr. Beal's Reply....
401 Dr. Alpers in Defense.
402 For or Against Suffrage?..
402 Where Shall We Go?.
403 A Delightful Week...
403 An Appeal for Research Work........ 404 A Debate on Prescription Pricing.... 405 Professor Lloyd the Central Figure... 405 Other Papers..
406 New Officers.....
406 As to Commercial Training..
406 The Boards and the Colleges...
MONTHLY PRIZE QUESTIONS
424 By Getting in Intimate Touch with
Customers. By Hairy E. ('assady.. 425 By Fighting Fire with Fire. By John McComas..
QUERIES. Anti-freeze Mixture for Automobiles...... 433 Bay Leaves in Bay Rum...
433 A Mineral Oil ('old Cream.
433 Depilatory Powder..
433 Destroying Trees......
434 A Potassium Chlorate Tooth Paste... 431 Board of Pharmacy Secretaries in the United States...
434 A Chill and Malaria Preparation.
434 Household Ammonia....
THE SCRAP BOOK.............. 25-57
E. G. SWIFT, PUBLISHER,
SINGLE COPIES TEN CENTS
Entered at the post-office at Detroit as second-class mail matter.
Copyright, 1916, by E. G. Swift.
Your Customers Want
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when in a reclining position. folds, etc., to burst or leak.
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BULLETIN OF PHARMACY
DETROIT, MICH., OCTOBER, 1916.
Then, too, our two standards—the N. F. and BULLETIN OF PHARMACY the U. S. P.—have been invested with author
ity of law, and the making of these books rests Issued on the first of every month by
primarily with the drug profession. This is a E. G. SWIFT, PUBLISHER,
signal honor, and a recognition wider in lati743 Atwater St., East, DETROIT, MICH,
tude than that enjoyed by any other calling.
Again, druggists are better business men MANAGING EDITOR: HARRY B: MASON. ASSISTANT EDITOR: ARTHUR L. BUZZELL. than they used to be. They make more money. BUSINESS MANAGER: HARRY SKILLMAN.
live better—and occupy a higher place in the
community's esteem because these things are SUBSCRIPTION RATES: United States and Mexico,
$1.00 per year Foreign countries,
1.50 per year
Much of what has been accomplished has been brought about by our associations; and
no man can keep even loosely in touch with WALKERVILLE, ONT., Can. 378 ST. PAUL STREET,
MONTREAL, QUE., Can.
matters pharmaceutical without giving full 19 AND 20 GREAT PULTENEY STREET, W., LONDON, ENG.
heed to what takes place each year at the an125 YORK STREET, SYDNEY, N. S. W., AUSTRALIA.
nual meetings of our two national organizaAll articles for publication and all communications bearing on tions. Read the reports contained in this issue the text should be addressed:
of the BULLETIN. EDITOR BULLETIN OF PHARMACY,
Box 484, DETROIT, MICH. All business letters should be addressed:
There are documents more
BIG FIGURES THAT
pulse-disturbing than Census INTERESTING.
Bureau reports; nevertheless
there are a number of interesting, perhaps THE MONTH'S HISTORY startling, facts contained in a statement issued
recently by that particular branch of Uncle
Samuel's welfare league. The figures given Interest during the month cover the year 1914 and pertain to the manuTHE TREND OF
just past has centered in facture of “druggists' preparations, patent and THE TIMES.
the two national conven- proprietary medicines and compounds and per. tions—that of the A. Ph. A. at Atlantic City, fumery and cosmetics." and of the N. A. R. D. at Indianapolis. Both “Druggists' preparations" are defined as of these annual gatherings exert a vital influ- materials for use by druggists in compounding ence on the progress of pharmacy, and the medicines to be dispensed on physicians' pretrend of a year's advancement is pretty well scriptions or orders, and embrace tinctures, mirrored by their activities.
fluidextracts, syrups, pills, tablets, alkaloids. For pharmacy is advancing all the time, in salts, biological products, etc.
The total spite of a wail of pessimism that occasionally amount manufactured is stated to be valued at disturbs the equilibrium of the atmosphere. $18,624,966, divided as follows: tinctures. Lying directly at the root of the situation is Auidextracts, etc., $13,900,402; pills, tablets. the fact that educational requirements are be- powders, etc., $10,903,056; alkaloids and their ing made stiffer from year to year; through- derivatives, $11,493,168; synthetic preparaout the Union, States are swinging into line tions, $1,384,996; medicinal metals and their in this respect.
Viewed as a whole the salts, $732,307; and serums, vaccines, and younger element is better equipped to carry on other biological products, $6,223,475. the work than its predecessors have been.
The total. bear in mind, is $48,624,966.
"DOCTORS PLACE ONLY A THIRD.
“Patent and proprietary of Detroit, who has had in charge considerable medicines" are defined as of the work of revision.
those sold under the protec- Get-together meetings are annual occurrences tion of a patent, copyright, or trade-mark, or with the Detroit doctors and druggists, and prepared according to a secret formula—and this year's gathering promises to be one of the the amount manufactured in 1914 is stated to most beneficial in effect that has been held for be $83,771,154.
some time. The meeting will take place on the Contrast this with the other total, twice evening of Monday, October 23, in the audimentioned above. Patents and proprietaries
Patents and proprietaries torium of the Wayne County Medical Society win, nearly two to one! In other words, doc- on High Street. tors are concerned with the placing of only about one-third of the medicine consumed in
The obnoxious Schedule B the United States; two-thirds of it go to the THE NEW REVENUE is a thing of the past.
As consumer without the intervention of paid
the sun came up on Septemmedical advice.
ber 9—if he did—he witnessed the going into Without question such a condition is not the
effect of the administration's revenue bill best one that can exist for the retail druggist;
which repealed the act making it necessary to surely it is neither profitable nor complimentary when viewed from the standpoint of the phy
affix a diminutive shin-plaster on toilet goods
and cosmetics. The new bill also repealed the sician. There should be more prescriptions, documentary stamp taxes included in Schedule which means, among other things, that there should be closer coöperation between the phy- bills of lading, express receipts, telephone and
A of the emergency revenue act, including all sician and the druggist. Of course all the figures quoted are for the telegraph messages. Unused stamps and can
celed stamps which have not been attached to year 1914; but it is quite probable that the
the goods may be redeemed; collectors of inrelative proportions would not be materially
ternal revenue have been instructed to assist altered were a 1915-1916 tabulation available -although there is one incidental fact that
manufacturers in the preparation of their
claims in this respect. doubtless would be brought out by an up-to
The new law imposes a special tax on date compilation. It would be found that tinctures and fluidextracts are waning some
sparkling wines, liqueurs, cordials, and “simi
lar compounds." what and that biological products are constantly gaining—a transition, however, which does not change the status of the physician
Congress adjourned without in so far as patent medicines are concerned.
acting on the Kern-Doremus
poison-mailing bill. The
measure was introduced a little too late in the For the purpose of better session, other matters claiming the attention DOCTORS TO GET acquainting Detroit phy- of our lawmakers right up to the time set for
sicians and druggists with adjournment. This proposed act, as exthe important provisions of the new editions of plained in the Bulletin last month, is inthe United States Pharmacopoeia and the Na- tended to make it lawful to mail articles and tional Formulary it is planned to hold a big compounds which, while poisonous, are not joint meeting this month. The organizations dangerous to the mails or to those engaged in coöperating are the Detroit Retail Druggists' the postal service. The bill contains just three Association, the Wayne County Medical So- sentences and is a very clever piece of wordciety, and the Detroit branch of the American carpentry. One of the sentences covers more Pharmaceutical Association.
than a page; nice, light summer reading! Professor A. B. Stevens, of the University But the measure is a thoroughly meritorious of Michigan, and a member of the Pharma- one. Druggists need the use of the mails in copoeial Revision Committee, will discuss the this respect; and why should it be denied chief points of interest in the U. S. P. IX. them? Why should a hundred strychnine pills, Changes of importance in the National Formu- for instance, be denied the privileges freely lary IV will be taken up by Wilbur L. Scoville, granted to a case of boarding-house eggs?
DETROIT DRUGGISTS AND
THE UNITED DRUG
The United Drug Co. sent a and a half million people when they see a foot drug expert to South Ainer- soap, a foot powder, or a corn remedy simul
ica and kept him there a year taneously displayed in every drug-store winat a cost of $12,000 to study drug conditions, dow in this city—the pulling power cannot be President Liggett told stockholders at the an- estimated,” enthusiastically pronounces A. C. nual Rexall convention, held at Boston. Mr. Caldwell, chairman of the committee having Liggett says there is a great opportunity down the matter in charge. there in the drug trade, but that business must A cardinal principle of the campaign is that be conducted on entirely different lines. For only goods upon which the retailer makes a the United Drug Co. to enter the lists would decent profit will be displayed. No proprierequire an investment of $2,000,000, it was taries sold to the druggist above the 2, 4, and 8 stated; and it was also stated that the company schedule will be given the advantage of this expects to make just that move at some later splendid publicity. time. In his address to stockholders President
Two announcements of unLiggett pointed out that Sears, Roebuck & Co. is the only firm in the world that has had a
usual importance have been growth during the last 12 years equal to that of
made at Philadelphia. One the United Company. . "In the past year,” he
is that the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy said, "we have done almost $36,000,000 in
and the Medico-Chirurgical College of Pharbusiness. In two years the volume of business
macy have been combined. The two schools will reach $50,000.000.”
are now working in "active coöperation and It is stated that over 3000 delegates with
entire harmony, with the object of promoting their wives were in attendance at the conven
higher pharmaceutical education and advanction.
ing Philadelphia's prestige as a pharmaceutical center.”
Professor J. W. Sturner, former
dean of the Department of Pharmacy at the Manufacturing explosives is
“Medico-Chi,” is now associate dean of the a hazardous occupation, of
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy—the Medcourse; but the danger does ico-Chirurgical College of Pharmacy losing its not all lie in the fact that a batch in the process identity in the older and larger institution. of construction has a careless way of occa
The other announcement pertains to resionally letting go. It has been found that quirements. Beginning with the session of gases very poisonous in character are evolved
1917-1918, the Philadelphia College of Pharin large quantities, and that these gases cause
macy will not admit students to the course skin affections, abnormal blood conditions, and
leading to the degree of Graduate in Pharmacy degeneration of the liver. A great many cases
who have not had two years' high-school work of industrial poisoning have developed in our
or its equivalent. hastily-constructed plants, it is said; and enough importance is attached to the matter to warrant the Federal Department of Labor in
Harry B. Haines, editor of a New Jersey undertaking a study of the situation.
newspaper and said to be secretary of the National Premium Advertising Association, has
brought suit against Edmond A. Whittier, The Chicago Retail Drug- secretary of the Fair Trade League. Criminal gists' Association has in- libel is alleged and $50,000 set forth as a conaugurated what has been
servative estimate of the damage done. Mr. termed a "simultaneous, coöperative window
Haines objects to a number of sentences condisplay campaign." The idea is to work in
tained in one of Mr. Whitter's circular letters. unison in the matter of window display. Concerted plans for window-dressing are to be evolved from time to time and an effort made Great Britain now has a narcotic law. The to get all the druggists in the city to display new measure is not so stringent as Canadian the same goods at the same time. “Think of enactments and not nearly so comprehensive the psychological effect upon Chicago's two as our own Harrison law.