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The social, medical, and economic importance of the distribution and employment of drugs under other than proper medical direction is forcefully set forth in a recent publication* from The Committee on the Costs of Medical Care. In this report it is stated that the people of the United States spend each year approximately $715,000,000 for drugs and medicines, of which only 27 per cent ($190,000,000) is the portion expended for prescriptions, or for other purchases made with the direct advice of medical practitioners. This means that the public spends annually $525,000,000 for self-medication in its various forms. The retail sales
NON-MEDICAL DISTRIBUTION OF DRUGS AND MEDICINES. Ann Intern Med. 1932;6:143–145. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-6-1-143
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