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Good Enough for America

Author(s):  Worthen Dennis B

Issue:  Jan/Feb 2014 - Volume 18, Number 1
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Abstract:  Adulterated and counterfeit drugs were pouring into the U.S. Providing poor medicines was a growing business, and the market was growing with the rapid expansion of the country itself. There seemed to be little that could be done to slow or stop it. The sophistication of the adulterations was superior to available tests, standards were lacking, and there were few trained pharmacists or physicians who could apply them. There were no laws that would prohibit the importation of these products nor limit their sale once ashore. This was the situation when a small group of New York pharmacists took it upon themselves to convince other health professionals and legislators that there was a problem and devised a solution that would establish patient safety as the core value of the emerging profession of pharmacy.

Related Keywords: Dennis B. Worthen, PhD, drug adulteration, contamination, counterfeit drugs, drug safety, 1848 Drug Import Act, New York City College of Pharmacy, blue mass, mercury, legislation, United States Pharmacopeia, USP, U.S. Customs Service, American Pharmacists Association, American Medical Association

Related Categories: HISTORY, LEGAL, QUALITY CONTROL, UNITED STATES PHARMACOPEIA CONVENTIONS

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