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do at all.
When a druggist undertakes to compound a prescription he should have everlastingly impressed upon his mind the fact that every word means something, and if there is one that he does not understand, serious results may follow. And physicians should make their'-writing so distinct and their meaning so explicit that it would be impossible for them to be misunderstood. Another bit of carelessness of which physicians are guilty is that of crowding their lines together and writing two prescriptions upon one blank, and frequently when the front side of the blank is full continue their writing on the back of it. I remember one instance in which two prescriptions were written on one blank and the druggist filled the first one, labeled it with the directions for the second and sent out the medicine without having noticed that there were two. Well, the physician will say, it is the druggist's place to examine the blank closely.' So I will admit But why make it necessary for him to scrutinize your work so closely and study so hard to find out what you are driving at ? It takes time to do that. Why not make your lines so far apart and your words so distinct that the busy druggist may read as he runs ? It would be just as easy for you and the danger of misiakes would be reduced to a minimum, to say nothing about the satisfaction to the druggist, whose life is hard enough at the best.
Ah ! if we could only bear in mind our fellowworkers, and instead of making their tasks harder by our carelessness would lighten their labors by doing our part well, business would then be a pleisure and gray hair would be scarce. The result of our work lives after us, and upon whether our actions are right or wrong depends the usefulness and happiness of others--Meyer Bros. Druggist.
A great deal has been said and written about errors in compounding prescriptions, and the druggist, regardless of any extenuating circumstances, is most invariably held responsible. No one seems to think that the physician may be as much at fault as the druggist. I have no desire to rush into print an unjust tirade against any one, but I do say that the physician is often to blame for errors that occur in filling his prescriptions and should be held equally responsible with the druggist.
I have a case in point : Not long ago the following prescription was handed to a druggist to be prepared :
R Camphoric acid, gr. xx.
Disp. tal. chart. No. 5.
The druggist who was called upon to fill this prescription, although an experienced man in the business, was like a majority of his fellow-druggists in country towns and understood no Latin except such terms as are ordinarily used in prescription writing. Consequently the term “Disp. tal.” was a stunner. However, as the thing seemed so simple he concluded that "Disp. tal. chart. No. 5” meant divide twenty grains into five powders, and dispensed it accordingly, with bad results. The patient received but little benefit from the medicine and the doctor blamed the druggist for making a mistake ; and it was all caused by the writer of the prescription making use of a Latin term obsolete and understood by very few country druggists, when he could much easier have indicatèd the quantity of drug and written Fiat chart. No. 5, thus making it so simple that any druggist would understand at a glance what was wanted.
In this case I claim that the physician was to blame for the mistake, but I do not hold the druggist blameless. He was at fault for filling a prescription every word of which he did not understand. In prescription work nothing should pass as understood without investigation, and guess work won't
A NATURAL CURE FOR ALCOHOLISM.
It is claimed by: Dr.'' Grinders, Government Officer at the Hot Springs Sanitorium, Rotorua, (N Y.), that he has found a spring, lately opened to supply the new sulphur baths, which completely eradicates the desire for alcohol The doctor writes: “If I had heard this from one or two individuals only I might have disregarded it, but hearing it commented on almost daily, I have taken the trouble to look up the cases.
Two of these were very aggravagated examples of inebriety, whose acquaintance I first made in the courthouse, where I found myself under the painful necessity of fining each of them the usual 5s. and costs: '. They assure me that they find themselves new men since bathing in these sul-phur baths, and have lost alt taste and desire for 1 liquor of every kind. Three other patients of mine, to whom I have found it necessary to advise' total
abstinence, corroborate this testimony, stating that they have felt no craving for stimulants since using the baths. They are very enthusiastic in the matter, and think that an asylum for inebriates should be established here at once. No doubt the craving for alcohol is kept up by a congested state of the mucous membrane of the stomach, so that the modus operandi of these waters is not far to seek; the congestion is relieved by the powerful determination of blood to the skin. In like manner, hæmorrhoids are cured by our acid waters, from the relief afforded to a congested liver. This should be good news for the Prohibitionists, and, in the event of their floating an inebriate asylum company, I shall expect to be remembered in the distribution of promoters' shares.Pharm. Journal.
“I think it is a good plan,” said Miss Frocks, “never to ask for anything which one can help himself to.”
“So do I, replied young Mr. Higgins, cheerfully, as he helped himself to a few kisses.
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PHARMACY ON A BRITISH TROOPSHIP.
The pharmaceutical arrangements on board one of Her Majesty's troopships are necessarily more or less elaborate and extensive, but I do not think any detailed account of them has ever appeared in any pharmaceutical journal.
The present writer has an exceptional opportunity for supplying accurate information, as he is actually writing this com.nunication on board one of these ships. The old-fashioned troopship has for the last few years entirely ceased to exist, as
the ships originally built for this purpose gradually became obsolete, and were not replaced by others. Troops are now conveyed on ships belonging to either the Peninsular and Oriental or British India steamship companies. They are chartered for a certain number of voyages, and come for the time being under the entire control of the admiralty, for it is this department, and not the war office, which is responsible for the transport of troops from one part of the world to another.
A room is fitted up in the ship as a pharmacy. It is a fair-sized compartment as things go on board ship--measuring 15 feet by 12 by 10, and is fitted with properly labelled and stoppered bottles containing all the principal drugs. Each bottle is secured
from rolling about by means of a double shelf forming a socket, in which it is firmly held. There is a good-sized dispensing counter measuring 6 feet by 4. An ordinary pharmaceutical balance with glass scale pan is fixed in a sliding attachment.
A sink is provided, but water is not laid on. There is a liberal supply of measure-glasses, pestles and mortars and bottles. A pill machine, ointment slab, and spatula are also provided.
Poisons are kept in a locked cupboard, the key of which is kept by the sergeant compounder. A regular staff of medical officers is provided, and the senior is detailed as “Medical Officer in Charge of the Ship.” He is directly responsible for the health of all troops on board and all medical stores and apparatus. The pharmaceutical department is deputed to a Sergeant-Compounder of the Medical Staff Corps, who is assisted by a corporal and the privates
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his work does not occupy more than four hours a
Ertracts. day. The sick are seen at 10 o'clock daily, and all prescription books reach the pharmacy about it o'clock daily, so that the dispenser can generally complete his duties before one o'clock. The rate of
There is another aspect of the patent medicine pay of the dispenser on board a troopship is very
question that should receive the attention of physicgood.
ians and pharmacists, namely, that the public must He receives 2s 8d. a day regimental pay, is. a
have a source of supply of simple and general remeday corps pay, and is. a day extra duty pay, making
dies for slight ailments. It cannot be expected of 4s. 8d. in all, or 325. 8d. a week. He is fully fed,
an intelligent public that the services of a physician and has comfortable quarters, so that the military
must be had for every indisposition, when they have pharmacist on a troopship has an excellent opportun
been taught the nature of their ailment and know ity for saving money.
the proper remedy. Medicine is no longer a The corporal, who is, of course, a much younger
mysterious calling, and the sooner physicians recogsoldier, receives 2s. Id. a day regimental pay, 8d. a
nize the higher intelligence of the people of the end day corps pay, and 4d. a day extra duty pay, making
of the nineteenth century, the higher will the respect 3s. 1d. a day, or £l is. 7d. a week
for the profession of medicine grow among laymen. The orderlies receive no extra pay, which seems
If the various patent, trademarked and proprietary somewhat unfair, as their duties as nurses on the
medicines intended for use by laymen were displaced homeward voyage are often very onerous. Their
by preparations of known composition, and their pay is only is. 2d. a day regimental pay, and 8d. a
effects published in clear, honest statemnnts, and
sold by druggists when called for by the public, the day corps pay.—British and Colonial Druggist.
death-blow would be struck to the proprietary reme
dies whose formulæ, as well as the claims made as LOADED SPONGES ONCE MORE.
to their medicinal property, in the large majority of
cases, are based on falsehood and misrepresentation. The loading of sponges is still practised. not
- J. H. Redsecker, Pres. Penn. Pharm. Asso. withstanding the number of times it has been exposed in the columns of the Reporter. At first sand and lime were used. The sophisticators,
LITTLE LEARNINC IS DANGEROUS when found out, discarded these substances, and So is a tyro in microscopy who poses, in court, as later they resorted to glycerine and silicate of soda. an expert. So is a microscopical expert in one deIn every instance they have been exposed, but they partment who poses as an expert in another departare bound to defraud the public if they can find any ment. So is an expert who for a fee, under the guise way of doing so without being detected. Latterly of being an expert, acts as an attorney for one of the they have resorted to brine and sand. They dip parties to a suit. The disagreements and contradicthe sponge in the brine and a large quantity o! it is tions of microscopists in court is disgraceful. A absorbed. Only a small quantity of the sand is fixed set of stupid questions are permitted and the used, however. Thus they are enablud to offer scientifically stupid attorney on the other side is genFlorida sheeps' wool here at less then $2.70 per erally too obtuse to cross examine so as to elicit the pound, which is the price bid on the wharf at Key whole truth.-Muroscopical Journal. West by the sellers of pure goods. It is a pity that the practice of loading sponges cannot be stopped.
THE FIVE CENT CUSTOMER. There is but one way, so far as we can see, and that is to refuse to patronize any but reputable houses It may, perhaps, be that in our attempt to increase and to pay a fair price for a pure article. Unfor- our trade in fancy mixed drinks, on which there is Lunately, dealers are in a measure responsible for a a greater profit, we have neglected to give as much certain amount of the loading practised, as they in
attention as we ought to the five-cent customer. sist on having a cheap sponge, and several of them Many make a great mistake in thinking that anyare now buying sponges which they know to be thing will do for these customers. How erroneous sanded.
this idea is can easily be seen, when you count how The sponge market is firm by reason of the fact many more there are who spend five cents at a time that the operations of the feet around Key West
than ten cents. Keep a count some day and see the have produced a feeling of insecurity among the
result. fishermen, hence the amount gathered is small. No Cuban is being marketed and the European
COMPRESSED DRUGS. buyers in Nassau are paying such high prices as to secure practically everything offered.- From the
A doctor, writing to a medical contemporary, Oil, Paint and Drug Reporter, June 6, 1898, states that he had occasion to prescribe for a patient
with nervous headache, coupled with vomiting, com cines containing Alcohol, which was passed by the pressed tablets of phenacetin, gr. iv ; caffeine, gr. j. Ontario Legislature about two years ago, which act These were made up locally by chemists. Three affects not only the Proprietary Medicines, but all months ago the tablets from one maker gave relief, Retail Druggists in Ontario. By the united efforts though occasionally vomited unchanged three or of the Retail Druggists and this Association, the act four hours after administration. They were not no has been repealed and the bill now in your hands is ticed in the stools. More recently similar tablets in full force. from another maker gave no relief whatever. They
I would also strongly recommend that all disputes were increased up to ten daily without producing any
or differences of any kind with members of this Asphysiological action on the patient. These tablets
sociation, be settled by arbitration in the usual way, were sometimes vomited many hours after adminis
each party choosing an arbitrator and these two tration, and were passed in the stools quite un choose a third. changed. Antipyrin gr. x in water was then pre
I have made my address brief as the work this scribed, with the most happy results. — Pharm
year has been limited owing to the committee apJournal.
pointed by the Retail Drug Association failing to
meet the committee appointed by this Association P.A.T.A. ANNUAL MEETING.
last September, to take into consideration the best
plan to prevent the cutting of prices and further to The meeting of the above association took place in
see if some plan could not be inaugurated to restore the parlor of the Queen's Hotel, Toronto, July 6th. prices where they have been cut. The attendance did not realize anticipation and the I will now call upon the Secretary to read the business transacted was principally of a routine na minutes of the last meeting. ture. President T. Milburn was in the chair and On motion of Mr. J. McKee, seconded by Mr. H. after calling the meeting to business presented the L. Pieler; the address was received and adopted. following address :
Minutes of previous meeting were adopted as GENTLEMEN,
printed. Then the secretary's report was presented It is my privilege to call the second annual showing the numerical strength and financial standmeeting of the Proprietary Articles Trade Associa ing of the Association: Both are in a satisfactory tion to order. In doing so allow me again to ex condition. The membership is 46, practically the press my thanks for the honor you have conferred on entire patent medicine trade of the Dominion. me in electing me the first President of this Asso Matters of business which had received the attenciation, and as members of this Association I think tion of the executive during the year were briefly reyou will regret with me that there has not been more ferred to accomplished in the way of protecting the Retail On motion the report was received and adopted. Trade from the cutting of prices. I also regret that The next item of business was the following resoluthere has not been a more united effort between the tion presented by Mr. Pieler, of The Abbey Effervesthree sections of the Drug Trade, namely, The cent Salt Co. : Wholesale and Retail Druggists and the Proprietary Whereas, despite the repeated efforts of this Medicine Manufacturers than there has been in the Association, aided by the efforts of the Wholesale past year to that end.
Before calling upon our Sec and Retail Drug Associations, to prevent sales by retary for the reading of the minutes let me say it is
persons not entitled to trade in to be regretted that the Wholesale Drug Association proprietary medicines, no system has as yet been has been disbanded without any hopes at present for proposed which could be considered feasible or its re-organization and I personally regret that more practicable ; good did not result from the efforts of the three As And whereas, at the meeting of this Association, sociations in their joint efforts to stop the cutting of held on the 7th of September, 1897, the proposiprices in all sections.
tion of the Wholesale Drug Association was rejectIn looking forward I feel it my duty to call your ed, owing to the general feeling that is adopted by attention to the necessity of this Association still the manufacturers it would not bring about the continuing as an organization and would recommend handling of proprietary medicines by only the legithat three new committees be appointed, one for in timate trade; fringements, one for new members, future success or And whereas, The Abbey Effervescent Salt Co., organization of this Association, and the other to look Limited, of Montreal, at the time of the last meetafter changes in the laws affecting Proprietary Medi- ing of this Association had already adopted a simicines. This has been exemplified in the last six lar plan, and have met with a large measure of months, as you will see by referring to a copy of the success in preventing the sale of their preparation act representing the sale of Patent and other Medi- by persons outside of the legitimate drug trade;