The Sale of Poisons — Experimental Evidence of the Efficiency of Formalin Injections in Septicemia — The Boston Floating Hospital — Medical Notes

1903 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
A report ' has recently been made to Parliament by a committee appointed to consider the question of revising the list of poisons which iu England can be sold only under definite restrictions. Under the Pharmacy Act of 1868, and its subsequent amendments, two lists of poisons were prepared. The first list consists of certain violent and dangerous poisons, which can only be sold under regulations, which require that the buyer should be known to the seller, or should be introduced by some one who
more » ... knew both parties. Registry of the sale should also be made, iu a book kept for the purpose, of the date of sale, name and address of the purchaser, name and quantity of the article sold, and the purpose for which it is stated to be required. The second list consists of articles to which it is only necessary to attach a label, giving the name of the article, the word " Poison," and the name and address of the seller. This requirement also applies to all articles in the first list. The committee held several sessions and listened to much valuable testimony. Among other facts it was shown that deaths had occurred from the following patent medicines containing poisonous Paste. The following are the. amended lists recommended by the committee : Part 1. Arsenic and its preparations, Alkaloids. All poisonous vegetable alkaloids and their salts. Aconite and its preparations. Atropine and its preparations. Cantharides. Cocaine and its salts. Corrosive sublimate. Cyanide of potassium and all metallic cyanides. Emetic tartar.
doi:10.1056/nejm190304091481512 fatcat:7mzyfvtj45cbfkqy2afta44tc4