Suggestions for Improvement of U. S. P. Assay Processes**Read before Scientific Section, A. Ph. A., City of Washington meeting, 1920
The Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association (1912)
The Pharmacopoeia is now used by a great many chemists in various industrial enterprises for the control of materials purchased on U. S. P. specifications or for purpose of determining the quality of a finished product. Many of the tests and assay processes of the Pharmacopoeia as now laid down are designed for usc by a pharmacist, and the equipment and wording of tests are governed by this assumption. These methods of assay are used to a larger extent by the chemist in a well-equipped
... l-equipped laboratory, who might on many occasions use a slight modification as a time-saver and procure in many cases more accurate results. The methods as set forth by the U. S. P. are necessarily official, and in view of this fact the chemist so situated must often carry out a process which he could do quicker and better in another way. In many cases this condition could be remedied by allowing an alternative method or an alternative piece of apparaius, which would not in any way he detrimental to the book as a legal standard.