It has been decided by the Attorney-General of New York that the State Board of Pharmacy has the right to take samples from drugs kept for sale by druggists to determine whether they are pure and of the quality established by the Pharmacopeia. There was evidently some opposition to this, but the recent publication of the Board of Health on the extent of cheating shows its necessity. It would be an excellent thing if similar bodies in other states exercised the same authority and carried it out in practice. The amount of damage done by adulterated drugs can only be imagined, but it must be a serious one in the light of such facts as were brought out in New York. Things are probably equally bad in other states and the remedy is just as applicable.