Roger A. Clemens

Sulfa drugs saved countless lives during World War II. Who would have thought that just five years after the discovery of sulfanilamide in 1932 that “Elixir Sulfanilamide” would cause 107 deaths in the United States?

Under the Food and Drugs Act of 1906, safety was not a prerequisite to the marketing of a drug. In this case, the “elixir” contained diethylene glycol, similar to the antifreeze, a well-known toxin. What followed this tragic incident and the public outrage was the passage of the Fede…

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