The Regulation of Proprietary Medicines
A session of the Prussian Landesgesundheitsrat on proprietary medicines was held, July 8, at the ministry of public welfare. As proprietaries, or medical specialties, are designated those medicines which, being used in large quantities, are produced on a factory basis and are put on the market in a form ready for dispensing and under the protection of a patent or a trade mark. The deliberation was attended by eminent medical and pharmaceutic university teachers; well known experts and representatives of the professional federations particularly concerned. On the basis of the papers that were presented by Geheimrat Thorns, Prof. P. Trendelenburg and others, the provincial health council regards an early legal regulation of the sale of proprietaries as indispensable. For the production of proprietaries a special concession and evidence of professional supervision of the manufacture should be required. An official list of proprietaries should be published.