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Upjohn Lincomycin (linconmycin) and Dalacin C (clindamycin)

November 1995

Vol 13 Issue 11 This Month: Upjohn's promotion of Lincocin (lincomycin) and Dalacin C (clindamycin) for upper respiratory tract infections in the Philippines. Follow up: Replies from Parke-Davis to our letter regarding promotion of Ponstan (mefenamic acid) for fever in children in Pakistan and from SmithKline Beecham to our letter regarding promotion of Ashton & Parsons Infants' Powders in the Gambia.

 

 

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