Before regulation of Pharmacy, apothecaries sold drugs on the streets and in stores. Anyone could get any drugs they needed.
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The problem that arose was unsafe and diverse medication. Not two stores had the exact formula for medicine. This caused many to become sick. Doctors and health care workers needed to do something and fast.
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The first "United States Pharmacopoeia" was created in 1820 and was the start of regulation and drug standards.
In 1848 the Drug Importation Act was passed by Congress, requiring U.S. Customs Service inspection to stop entry of low quality drugs from overseas.
Davis & Company introduced standardized "Liquor Ergotae Purificatus" in 1879. In 1883, Davis & Company made a list of twenty standardized "normal liquids" and physiologic standards for pharmaceuticals.
In 1941 nearly 300 deaths and injuries result from the use of sulfathiazole tablets tainted with the sedative, phenobarbital. In response, the FDA developed good manufacturing practices and regulations.