The National Library of Medicine (part of the National Institutes of Health) has created a new website called “FDA Notices of Judgment Collection, 1906-1963.” It’s a searchable database with documents from thousands of historical cases of mislabeled, misadvertised, or hazardous products and drugs which the FDA recalled following its creation in 1906. Examples of medical devices which were sold in stores but which the FDA found objectionable include mislabeled methamphetamine tablets, a “radium stone” to be placed in drinking water to “stimulate sex organs,” and bacteria-tainted, questionably-effective abortion pills. It sounds like people had a lot more fun back then.
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