Pure Food and Drug Act

A Progressive Reform

A pill designed to help pale people be, well, not so pale.

Why would this NOT be such a good idea to give to kids?

Originally green, this natural drink was designed to "pep" you up.  It was a medicine not a soda!

Sounds like a good idea, suffering from asthma and having a difficult time breathing?  Smoke a cigarette...Doctor Batty's orders!

Your tooth will not hurt for a loooooooooooong time!

This stuff is great!  It cures injuries, illnesses AND alcoholism.  Medicine with a nice beefy taste.  

Surprised?  For people during the late 1800's and early 1900's ads like these were normal.  Just as us, people in the past assumed that labels on products were truthful.  Sadly, this was not the case.  There were no laws or regulations in place that made manufacturers be honest.  In 1906 this all changed thanks to Upton Sinclair, President Roosevelt and other Progressive reformers.  

Today, if a product is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) it can be marketed with labeling that clearly lists what the product is approved for.   Additionally, the packaging or advertisement will provide information on dosage, who can take the medicine, and precautions with the medicine.   Thanks to the Pure Food and Drug Act, we no longer have to worry about untruthful ads.

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