Prescriptions: By Its Own Name

"Should the patient know what drug he is taking? Should the name of the drug be written on the label where any one can see it?" The A.M. A. Journal asked these questions last week in an editorial, and answered yes — with a few special exceptions.

A generation ago, labeling was usu ally unimportant because only a few medicines were potent enough to do much harm. But many of today's high-powered drugs, taken by the wrong patient or at the wrong time, can maim or kill as readily as they can cure....

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