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January 4, 1983 Orphan Drug Act is passed

A cartoon depicting a football line up with orphan diseases on one side and HHS agencies on the other side January 4, 1983:
The Orphan Drug Act is passed to stimulate the development of drugs and biological products for the treatment of rare diseases.
In Other News. . .

January 2, 1983:

The hit musical "Annie" closes in
New York City, ending a
2,377-performance run. At the time,
the show--inspired by the comic strip
"Little Orphan Annie"-- was the
sixth-longest-running Broadway show.
Broadway Show "Annie" Logo



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