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SmithKline Beecham Ashton & Parsons Infants’s Powders (chamomile extract)

February 1995

Vol 13 Issue 2 This month: SmithKline Beecham claims Ashton & Parsons Infants' Powders "relieve restlessness, fretfulness and similar troubles". A paediatrician working in The Gambia tells us that the indications on the packet of this product (active ingredient chamomile extract) "could well be indicating meningitis rather than teething and the instructions suggest that mothers should persist for 5 days before consulting a doctor ... poor mothers part with relatively large sums of money in the belief that a British company like Beechams would not say that it works if it didn't." News: Profile of Dr. Peter Mansfield, Secretary, MaLAM Inc.

 

 

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What these howls of outrage and hurt amount to is that the medical profession is distressed to find its high opinion of itself not shared by writers of [prescription] drug advertising. It would be a great step forward if doctors stopped bemoaning this attack on their professional maturity and began recognizing how thoroughly justified it is.
- Pierre R. Garai (advertising executive) 1963