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patent medicine,

packaged drugsdrugs,
substances used in medicine either externally or internally for curing, alleviating, or preventing a disease or deficiency. At the turn of the century only a few medically effective substances were widely used scientifically, among them ether, morphine, digitalis,
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 that can be obtained without prescription; the term was formerly used to describe quack remedies sold by peddlers. Patent, or proprietary, medicines are advertised to the public by trade name, purport to be effective against minor disorders and symptoms, and are packaged with directions for use. Antisepticsantiseptic,
agent that kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms on the external surfaces of the body. Antiseptics should generally be distinguished from drugs such as antibiotics that destroy microorganisms internally, and from disinfectants, which destroy microorganisms
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, analgesicsanalgesic
, any of a diverse group of drugs used to relieve pain. Analgesic drugs include the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as the salicylates, acetaminophen, narcotic drugs such as morphine, and synthetic drugs with morphinelike action such as meperidine
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, some sedativessedative,
any of a variety of drugs that relieve anxiety. Most sedatives act as mild depressants of the nervous system, lessening general nervous activity or reducing the irritability or activity of a specific organ.
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, laxativeslaxative,
drug or other substance used to stimulate the action of the intestines in eliminating waste from the body. The term laxative usually refers to a mild-acting substance; substances of increasingly drastic action are known as cathartics, purgatives, hydrogogues,
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, and antacidsantacid,
any one of several basic substances that counteract stomach acidity (see stomach). Antacids are used by physicians to treat hyperchlorhydria, i.e., the excessive production of hydrochloric acid by the parietal cells lining the stomach.
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, cold and cough medicines, and various skin preparations are included in the group. Sale of proprietary medicines is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, which evaluates preparations as to their safety and effectiveness.

patent medicine

[′pat·ənt ′med·ə·sən]
(pharmacology)
A medicine, generally trademarked, whose composition is incompletely disclosed.

patent medicine

a medicine protected by a patent and available without a doctor's prescription
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Medical care was expensive, so you bought cheaper patent medicines hoping they would work.
By the time the Depression hit, officials at the Bureau of Chemistry (which was re-christened the Food and Drug Administration in 1930) were waging an active public relations campaign against patent medicines and lobbying for tougher regulations of drug labels and advertising.
According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, a patent medicine is "a drug or other medical preparation that is protected by a patent and can be bought without a prescription.
According to Research and Development Trend Forecast of Chinese Patent Medicine in China, 2014-2018 market report, the implementation of New Medical Reform Plan provides solid guarantee for the development of Chinese patent medicine, but also National Essential Drugs List lists large batch of Chinese Patent Medicine, which drives the continual expansion of Chinese patent medicine market scale in China effectively.
It wasn't the ingredients that made this tonic famous; it was the promotion and the patent medicine companies were very good at this.
JW: Because horse estrogens or estrogens sold by patent medicine companies, including Wyeth, do not contain estriol.
An 1855 advertisement for Kier's Rock Oil, a patent medicine whose key ingredient was petroleum bubbling up from salt wells near Pittsburgh, urged customers to buy soon before "this wonderful product is depleted from Nature's laboratory" The ad appeared four years before Pennsylvania's first oil well was drilled.
HE'S a livewire with the drive of a Ferrari, the chutzpah of a patent medicine salesman and the charm of a beetle.
In the general area, they also found 15 miniature whiskey bottles embossed with Fleischmann's Dry Gin, Gordon's London Dry Gin and Old Quaker, a patent medicine jar, a sun-colored amethyst glass doorknob, a porcelain Frozen Charlotte doll, a 1928 nickel and 1919 penny and concentrations of eggshells.
Rather than providing Medicare pharmaceutical benefits, Congress could follow the Canadians and Germans in establishing a patent medicine review board that prices new drugs.
Curtis said of abortifacients: "Anyone can get them, they are patent medicine.