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Supplement to the British Pharmaceutical Codex, 1934

Nature volume 149, page 593 (30 May 1942) | Download Citation



THE British Pharmaceutical Codex was last published in 1934, but it has been brought up to date by the issue of three supplements in the last few months. The first supplement deals with dressings, while the second contains additions and amendments to the formulae for galenical and other preparations in Part 3 of the Codex. It is designed to overcome difficulties arising from the War by authorizing the use of alternative formulae for preparations in which certain of the ingredients are either in short supply or reserved for more important purposes. The third supplement, which corresponds with Part 1 of the Codex, is most likely to interest the scientific man. It contains 66 new monographs describing substances recently introduced in medicine, and substances liberated by the recent emergency legislation from the restrictions imposed by foreign patents. About half of these substances have already been described in the various addenda to the British Pharmacopoeia ; the remainder now receive their first official description in Great Britain. The sections on “Action and Uses” in this supplement will interest many who are not concerned with pharmaceutical details. They give a summary of some of the more important recent advances in pharmacology and therapeutics, and are more balanced and more authoritative than many of the corresponding sections in the Codex, which have retained much that is now archaic, probably because there was no definite reason for believing it to be incorrect.

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