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January 22, 1910


Author Affiliations

Surgeon and Director Hygienic Laboratory, U. S. Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(4):249-250. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550300001001

Some seven years ago Congress for the first time passed a bill,1 the object of which was to control the purity and potency of certain remedial substances which enter into interstate traffic. This enactment, which is now a law of the land, provides for a complete system of governmental supervision over the establishments producing vaccines, viruses, serums, toxins, antitoxins and analogous products. This surveillance Consists of (1) inspections; (2) licenses and (3) methods of control or check-testing in the Hygienic Laboratory, which serve to verify the care and efficiency with which the products in question are made and marketed.

The law requires that each package of virus, serum, toxin, antitoxin or other product be plainly marked with the proper name of the article contained therein; the name, address and license number of the manufacturer, and the date beyond which the contents cannot be expected beyond reasonable doubt to