The FDA is established; the oldest consumer protection agency in the U.S. Federal government.
The Division of Chemistry was renamed the Bureau of Chemistry.
Here occurred the death of 13 children and nine babies due to the injection of a tainted batch of Tetanus Diphtheria Antitoxins.
The Pure Food and Drug Act is passed with the help of Wiley.
The FDA faced a setback when the Supreme Court determined that the law enforcing the regulation of drugs did not apply to false therapeutic claims.
Wiley resigned from the FDA.
The agency name was changed to Food, Drug, and Insecticide Administration.
The agency name was shortened to Food and Drug Administration.
A Tennessee drug company advertised a new sulfanilamide elixir specially for children. It was not tested and more than 100 people died.
Congress finally passed the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and cosmetic Act.
Beginning in 1938 the responsibility of regulating cosmetics and medical devices were given to the FDA.
The FDA remained under the authority of the U.S. Department of Agriculture until 1940 when it became part of the Federal Security Agency.
The FDA changed from being under the department of agriculture to being part of the security agency.
More laws were passed in the 1950s that banned carcinogenic additives to food.
Clarification of what constituted a prescription drug versus and over the counter drug was established through this amendment.
The FDA was transferred to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
The drug Thalidomide was found to cause sever birth defects when administered during pregnancy.
These Amendments were revolutionary in their scope for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of medications in the U.S. market.
The FDA was given more control over these agents with the enactment of the Drug Abuse Control Amendments.
The 1976 Medical Device Amendments allowed the FDA to regulate and approve these types of devices and to recall ineffective or dangerous devices.
An intrauterine device claimed to prevent pregnancy but caused serious injury to thousands of women.
The FDA was finally moved to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This law influenced expanded research and availability of new treatments for AIDS, cancer, and genetic diseases.