The Propaganda for Reform

1922 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  
is it noticeable when new legislation is created. Recently the new Polish state introduced regulations governing the manu¬ facture and sale of proprietary remedies. These regulations reflect the change in attitude that has taken place in the public mind in all civilized communities toward the responsi¬ bility of those who would make and sell preparations of the home remedy type. A recent issue of the English drug journal the Chemist and Druggist contained an excellent résumé of the new Polish
more » ... of the new Polish regulations. We quote freely from this article : "Proprietary medicines [in Poland '] must comply with the following requirements: (1) They must not be liable to decompose on prolonged storage ; (2) Their composition may not resemble that of mixtures included in the national or any foreign pharmacopeia; (3) They must possess the therapeutic properties claimed for them by their producers. The manufacture and sale of a specialty in Poland requires a license, to be issued by the Minister of Health; in the case of specialties for veterinary use, consent of the Minister of Agriculture is also required. To obtain the necessary license, an application must be addressed in the first instance to the State Pharmaceutical Institute in Warsaw, which will trans¬ mit it to the Minister of Health for his final decision. The application must be accompanied by: (1) Two packages of the preparation in the form in which it is intended to place it on the market, or a sufficient quantity to enable a complete analysis to be made; (2) Designs of the labels and proofs of the enclosures, advertising matter, etc.; (3) In the case of compound preparations, a sufficient quantity of the single ingredients must be submitted to permit of their analysis, and also to enable the preparation of the product itself by the laboratory from the samples of its ingredients submitted for examination; (4) A complete description of the preparation, with disclosure of the formula and method of manufacture, as well as directions for use. The disclosure of the method of manufacture will be treated as confidential. Manufacturers of specialties are required to keep a special register, in which they will have to enter the amounts produced and the quantities of ingredients used in the process of manufacture; in addition every sale to wholesalers will have to be entered, with particulars of the quantity supplied,
doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640670057032 fatcat:vfvbygpcdjd6jnbd5qdr2wpzbq