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Government & Advocacy

  • 1938 - The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938 is signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Among other things, the law brought cosmetics and medical devices under control, required that drugs be labeled with adequate directions for safe use, mandated pre-market approval by the FDA of all new drugs, prohibited false therapeutic claims for drugs, corrected abuses in food packaging and quality, and mandated legally enforceable food standards.[1]


Technology

  • 1940 - William Kroll is awarded U.S. Patent #2,205,854 for a method for manufacturing titanium and titanium alloys. Titanium is used in artificial joints and light-weight wheelchairs. [3] [4]


References

  1. "[History of the FDA:The 1938 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act]." U.S. Food and Drug Administration. n.d. Accessed on June 3, 2008.
  2. "No. 97-156." FindLaw. 2008. Accessed on May 19, 2008.
  3. William Kroll. National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. Accessed March 7, 2008.
  4. Method for Manufacturing Titanium and Titanium Alloys. U.S. Patent #2,205,854.