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Article
October 19, 1929

ACTIVITIES OF THE U. S. FOOD, DRUG AND INSECTICIDE ADMINISTRATION

JAMA. 1929;93(16):1225. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710160039013
Abstract

A score of years has passed since the Food and Drugs Act became a part of the basic law of the United States. The exploitation of nostrums is more difficult; out and out frauds are less common. As usual, immediately after the act became effective, government forces were vigilant and were able to keep pace with the performances of quackery. Gradually the energy and activity of government officials seemed to lessen. In fact, the increasing amount of "patent medicine" analyses and exposés which The Journal undertook and published from 1910 to 1920 was witness to the decreasing efforts of the government. Meanwhile, conditions were changing; new drugs and new uses for drugs were being developed constantly, with increasing opportunity for imposition on the public. During the last two years there has been evidence of renewed activity by the government in protecting the public against exploitation. A few years ago a

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