children in St. Louis died after receiving diphtheria antitoxin contaminated
with tetanus spores. Spurred Congress into passing the Biologics Control Act.
disclosures of insanitary conditions in meat-packing plants, the use of
poisonous preservatives and dyes in foods, and cure-all claims for worthless
and dangerous patent medicines were the major problems leading to the
enactment of these laws.
SULFANILAMIDE, containing the poisonous solvent diethylene glycol, kills
107 persons, many of whom are children, dramatizing the need to establish
drug safety before marketing and to enact the pending food and drug law.