Emplastrum Picis Burgundicae (U. S. P.)—Burgundy Pitch Plaster.
Related entry: Pix Burgundica (U. S. P.)—Burgundy Pitch
Preparation.—"Burgundy pitch, eight hundred grammes (800 Gm.) [1 lb. av., 12 ozs., 96 grs.]; olive oil, fifty grammes (50 Gm.) [1 oz. av., 334 grs.]; yellow wax, one hundred and fifty grammes (150 Gm.) [5 ozs. av., 127 grs.]; to make one thousand grammes (1000 Gm.) [2 lbs. av., 9 ozs., 120 grs.]. Melt together the burgundy pitch and yellow wax, then incorporate the olive oil, and stir constantly until the mass thickens on cooling"—(U. S. P.).
Action and Medical Uses.—This plaster is stimulant, and may be employed where a mild counter-irritant is demanded, as well as for a strengthening or supporting plaster. Occasionally the pitch plaster will be found to cause, and keep up a discharge of serum, and when it does so, it should be often renewed.
King's American Dispensatory, 1898, was written by Harvey Wickes Felter, M.D., and John Uri Lloyd, Phr. M., Ph. D.