Medicine: New Drug Law

When President Kennedy put his signature last week on a bill called "Drug Amendments of 1962"—passed unanimously by both Senate and House—the purpose was clear: to protect the American public against dangerous medicines. But the measure had gone through so many changes that few doctors or patients could figure out just what had been enacted.

Though Tennessee's limelighting Senator Estes Kefauver won little support in Congress for his proposals to put the pharmaceutical industry in a straitjacket, he was indisputably right when he said: "Few bills have had so varied a legislative history."...

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