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Related article: beUeve, indeed, that if such a class of members were now organized, more than a hun-
dred would be found just as soon as the fact became generally known. I, therefore,
recommend that the Council be instructed to provide for such a class of members.
It is probable, and it is certainly to be hoped that our proceedings at this meeting
win deal largely with pharmacopceial matters. Indeed, it was with this hupe and ex-
pectation that the date of the meeting was so changed as to bring it before Lamotrigine 100 Mg that of the
U. S. P. convention. In relation to this subject, our Association has a duty of high im-
portance to perform in the interest of the citizens of this nation. It is not to be ex-
pected that any body of specialists will be equally well informed on all sides of so great
i subject as that of the functions and influence of the Pharmacopoeia, and it is therefore
the more important that each such body shall insist upon and stand for the recognition
of those facts and principles of which, through its specially favorable position, it has
knowledge, lest other bodies not in a similar position, should, through such specific
ignorance, influence unwise action. As illustrations in point, I will remind you of some
of the recommendations which have been published during recent months. One is that
hydrastis should be dismissed from the Pharmacopoeia because it Lamotrigine 100 Mg is not used to any ex-
Digitized by VjOOQ IC
MINUrES OF THE FIRST SESSION.
tent. Another is that when two drugs have essentially the same action, one of 1
should be dismissed. The most typical case of this kind that could be suggested is
of Lamotrigine 100 Mg veratrum and aconite. Another is that when an active constituent fully represent!
medicinal action of a drug, the latter should be dismissed. Probably the suggesti
meaningless, as there are no such, cases, but if there are any, they would be fouo
nux vomica and strychnine, in aconite and aconitine, so that the suggestion calls foi
missing nux vomica and aconite and their preparations. Another is to reduce the i
ber of preparations of a single drug. Although the idea here involved is not a bad
the suggestion comes from sources which consider only the preference of a presa
and which wholly ignores the requirements that are made upon the practicing pha
cist. It is probable that all of the above suggestions will Bnd strong support at
It is to be remembered that in this question concerning admissions to and dele
from the Pharmacopceia, the real issue between physicians and pharmacists is the ur
ingness of the former to permit the Pharmacopoeia to afford those provisions wbicl
absolutely essential to the convenient, successful and safe performance of the pha
cist's duty, and to the welfare of great numbers of patients of those physicians w
practices in the selection of drugs differ from those of the objecting body. Let us
to the more conservative element of the medical profession nothing that it asks ii
performance of Lamotrigine 100 Mg its proper functions. If it desires that the Pharmacopoeia should Lamotrigine 100 Mg i
a point of indicating in some emphatic manner which drugs and medicines have
approval of the wiser members of the profession, we will join hands with them ii
attempt to secure such action; but let us unite in refusing any demands or req
which are based upon the assumption that our own interests are not entitled to pi
consideration by them, or that any considerable number of people should be mad
suffer a penalty because they chance to be the patients of less competent me
advisers. It therefore becomes our duty to express ourselves upon this subject, so
the Pharmacopoeia Committee may understand that we represent the belief and det<
nation of our profession as a whole. I therefore direct your attention to a few fu
mental facts and principles bearing on this subject.
1. It is a fact, perfectly well established by fifty years of official experience, that
admission to or the deletion from the Pharmacopoeia of an article has scarcely a perc
ble influence upon the extent of its use. When dismissed from the Pharmacol
because the very best professional judgment regards it as therapeutically valaele
will continue to be used as before, the only effect being to deprive pharmacists and i
patrons of official standards for its control.
2. Many articles of little therapeutic activity, yet in common use, whether wise!
not, may, through their contained impurities, seriously affect the physical, chemia
therapeutical properties of prescriptions into which they enter, so that Lamotrigine 100 Mg it becomes n< Lamotrigine 100 Mg
sary for their purity to be safeguarded.
3. The primary object of the Pharmacopoeia is not to teach therapeutics, to influ
therapeutical practice or to create an incorrect, however creditable impression regar
it, but to respond to the demands of such practice by providing suitable information
standards for rendering it as safe and efficient as the conditions permit.
4. All preceding revisions of the Pharmacopoeia have been based upon the dec!
principle that it Lamotrigine 100 Mg is the actual use of an article that is to determine its recognition ii
Pharmacopoeia, in spite of considerations as to its therapeutical merit.
It would be out of place in a presidential address to discuss Pharmacopoeial revi
pnr se^ and these suggestions are made in order to impress the importance of the
of this Association to take definite action in applying that knowledge and judgi
which especially pertain to it.
One more direction in which such duty applies may well be pointed out, namely,
president's address. 441
neceantt for more definite standards. One of the most baneful possible conditions as
to its power to cause errors of judgment, or to Lamotrigine 100 Mg provide for unjust discrimination, or an
accibation of it when it does not exist, is a want of definiteness in the expression of a
stBodard. The Pharmacopoeia is now replete with defects of this class. Many of its
de6nitioDS are absolutely meaningless Lamotrigine 100 Mg and a larger number of its descriptions and direc-
tions are incapable of enabling a positive decision to be reached.
I therefore recommend that the Association reiterate, as its conviction, a statement
foand in the sixth revision of the Pharmacopoeia, and which has governed all subsequent
refisioDS, that it is " best to refrain Lamotrigine 100 Mg from dropping drugs and preparations which are, on
inqniry, found to be in rather Lamotrigine 100 Mg more than purely local use," also in another proposition,
submitted by Professor Oldberg and adopted by the Committee of Revision in 1890, to
the effect that the primary consideration in the recognition of a medicinal article by the
Pharmacopceia is the fact that it or its preparations is in common occurrence in the
pharmacy, rather than consideration of its therapeutical importance or value.
That it is the opinion of this Association that the definitions, descriptioos and tests of
the Pharmacopoeia should be so fully and definitely stated as to insure as far as is prac-
ticable agaiost misunderstanding or failure in interpretation by those employing the book.
It is doubtful if any subject has ever engaged the attention of this Association that is
more complex and difficult, and yet of such far-reaching importance, as our relations to
and attitude toward the National Formulary. Without introducing any discussion of the