Food + Drugs of the Late 1800s and Early 1900s

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In History
  • Harvey Washington Wiley became head Chemist at Division of Chemistry

    Harvey Washington Wiley became head Chemist at Division of Chemistry
    Washington Wiley was a strong advocate for the Food and Drug act, his dicision's bureau made many aware of the dangers of the food they were purchasing and consuming, he was considered the father of the food and drug act.
  • Aspirin and Heroine Invented

    Aspirin and Heroine Invented
    Invented by Felix Hoffman of Bayer, Aspirin and Heroine were invented to help remedy the pain caused by arthiritis. It was not until 1920 that the federal government banned Heroine becuase of its addictive properties
  • Biologics Control Act

    Biologics Control Act
    Over a dozen children dying to contaminated vaccinations led to the passing of this act which established the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, setting a nation wide precedent for regulation of biologic products.
  • Two babies killed from unsafe vaccines

    Two babies killed from unsafe vaccines
    Two babies were killed after getting vaccines due to contamination, around the same time 13 children in St. Louis, Missouri were killed from a contaminated tetanus shot. This happened because there was no proper method of checking the vaccines to see if they were safe.
  • Coca Cola

    Coca Cola
    Caffine replaces cocaine in Coca Cola products. It is still highly addictive, but deemed safe.
  • 11 Article Series About The Medicine Industry

    11 Article Series About The Medicine Industry
    Samuel Hopkins Adams wrote a series of articles for Collier's Weekly where he shined light upon the medicine industry and their corrupt practices. Contributed to the Pure Food and Drug Act.
  • The Jungle is Published

    The Jungle is Published
    The Jungle, a book written by Upton Sinclair to help encourage citizens of the US to improve labor and union rights, instead lead to increased awareness of the unsanitarily conducted meat business. Hence Sinclair's statement: "I aimed for the reader's heart, and hit him in the stomach".
  • FDA was established

    FDA was established
    The FDA was established to ensure the Food and Drug Act
  • Pure Food and Drugs Act

    Pure Food and Drugs Act
    The Pure Food and Drug Act was released alongside the Meat Inspection Act by Teddy Roosevelt, and required labeling of products with drugs such as heroine and cocaine.
  • Meat Inspection Act

    Meat Inspection Act
    Teddy Roosevelt passed this landmark act within months of The Jungle's publication and tsunami like popularity. A direct result of publication of The Jungle.
  • A.M.A. Chemical Labratory Established

    A.M.A. Chemical Labratory Established
    The A.M.A. establishes and opens its own chemical laboratory to test the safety of drug products.
  • Milk pasteurization in Chicago

    Milk pasteurization in Chicago
    Milk pasteurization becomes mandatory for all milk that was to be sold in Chicago.
  • Influenza Pandemic (1918-1919)

    Influenza Pandemic (1918-1919)
    An influenza pandemic kills 15 million people throughout the world, around 600,000 are in the United States.
  • The Johns Hopkins Schooll discovers mercuro­chrome

    The Johns Hopkins Schooll discovers mercuro­chrome
    The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine discovers mercuro­chrome, a widely used antiseptic. Eighty years later, the U.S. F.D.A. deems it not particularly safe due to fears of mercury poisoning.
  • Heart Disease spreads

    Heart Disease spreads
    Heart disease becomes the leading cause of death in the United States, a main contributor to this can be poor medical help and poor diet and unsafe food.
  • Discovery of Insulin

    Discovery of Insulin
    Canadian researchers Frederick Banting and Charles Best discover insulin, which helps the body control the level of sugar in the bloodstream and make life easier for diabetes patients.