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March 4, 1939

Government Services

JAMA. 1939;112(9):864. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800090074019

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Annual Report of Food and Drug Administration  During the fiscal year ended June 30, 1938, the last complete year of enforcement for the Food and Drugs Act of 1906, the Food and Drug Administration of the Department of Agriculture sampled or inspected 68,125 shipments in interstate commerce and imports for possible violations of the law. On interstate samples 1,992 seizures were made and 726 prosecutions were begun.Two major tragedies attributable to unsafe drugs occurred during the year, the deaths of more than 100 persons caused by "Elixir of Sulfanilamide" and twelve deaths from an alleged cancer serum contaminated with tetanus toxin. In a drive to remove the elixir from the market, the administration's agents accounted for 1,905 pints, 9 fluid ounces, which was 99.2 per cent of the entire amount manufactured. The data show that 93 pints, 6 fluid ounces reached consumers and about half of that amount was

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