Medicine: Under the Counter

Going over the court cases it closed in June, the Food & Drug Administration found that a higher proportion than ever before (14 out of 43) involved illegal, under-the-counter sales of dangerous drugs. In nine of the 14 cases, the drugs were sleeping pills containing barbiturates.

In St. Louis, a woman put the finger on the Harry W. Schaum Drug Co. because she feared that her daughter, confined in a state institution for drug addiction but soon to be released, would promptly get a fresh supply. In Chicago, a man reported to the FDA office that he had found his wife drugged...

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