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December 4, 1937


JAMA. 1937;109(23):1911-1912. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780490049017

Senator Copeland of New York and Representative Chapman of Kentucky have elicited from the Secretary of Agriculture a report on recent deaths resulting from the use of elixir of sulfanilamide-Massengill. The report shows a total of seventy-three deaths which have been confirmed and twenty which were presumptively due to the use of that preparation. The essential facts in the report, submitted to Congress by the secretary November 26, are already familiar to all who have read recent issues of The Journal.1 The report includes four recommendations as follows:

  1. License control of new drugs to insure that they will not be generally distributed until experimental and clinical tests have shown them to be safe for use. The definition of what constitutes a new drug should include (a) substances which have not been used sufficiently as drugs to become generally recognized as safe, (b) combinations of well known drug substances

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