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October 1, 1938

THE FOOD, DRUG AND COSMETIC ACT BEGINS TO FUNCTION

JAMA. 1938;111(14):1302-1303. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790400048013
Abstract

The month of July witnessed the beginning of enforcement of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938. While the majority of the provisions of the act will not become effective until next June, dangerous drugs and dangerous cosmetics are immediately subject to the new law. Moreover, the provisions concerning the introduction of new drugs are also in effect.

The American Medical Association took an active part in procuring the enactment of the Federal Food and Drugs Act of 1906, which in its final form was obviously inadequate to accomplish the purposes for which it was intended. The Association has cooperated and is cooperating to the extent of its ability in bringing about the enforcement of that act and of its several amendments, and through The Journal, the Bureau of Investigation and its Councils has endeavored to keep the public and the profession informed about many harmful, deleterious or

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