File No. 300.115/5242

The Ambassador in Great Britain (Page) to the Secretary of State


2809. My 2760, September 6.1 Am now in receipt of note from Foreign Office in reply to my further informal representations of which following is substance:

The French Government have now informed His Majesty’s Government that equivalents of salvarsan, neosalvarsan and novocaine are obtainable in France, and that they are unable to agree to these preparations being imported from Germany. In these circumstances His Majesty’s Government regret that they cannot see their way to give any undertaking in regard to the transit of such drugs to the United States.

I shall not fail to address a further communication to your excellency in due course relative to the consignments of pyramidon, antipyrine and other drugs which it is also desired to bring forward from Germany.

Metz representative stated he understands that due to United States patent laws these equivalents of salvarsan, neosalvarsan and novocaine will be prevented from entering United States. Have so informed Foreign Office. They wish official confirmation of this.

American Ambassador
  1. Not printed.