FDA History

Events

FDA was established

1862

Harvey Wiley

1901

Harvey Wiley, researched the effects of chemical preservatives thus exposing hazards and focused on consumer safety.

Pure Food and Drug Act

1906

Agency name change

1927

name changed to Food, Drug, and Insecticide Administration

Name shortened

1930

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act

1938

required manufactures to prove to the FDA that a drug was safe for use before marketing it

Tennessee Problem

1938

TEnnessee drug company advertised a new sulfonamides elixir specifically intended for children. The toxic solvent was untested and more than 10 people died. It was later determined that it was similar to antifreeze

Became apart of the Federal Security Agency

1940

FDA moved

1953

FDA was transferred to the Health, Education, and Welfare(HEW)

Drug Abuse Control Amendments

1965

Required manufacturers to prove to the FDA that a drug was safe for use before marketing it

Pregnancy Problem

1976

An intrauterine device, which claimed to prevent pregnancy, caused serieous injury to thousands of women

Medical Device Amendments

1976

Allowed FDA to regulate and approve these types of devices

FDA moved

1980

FDA moved to U>S> Department of Health and Human Services

Orphan Drug Act

1983

Law passed to facilitate development of orphan drugs- drugs for rare diseases such as Huntington Disease, Malocclusion, ALS, Tourettes Syndrome