With “Open Enrollment” commercial ads all over the TV & Radio airwaves, I decided I would delve into some history of the Medical Profession… AND when the Federal Government got involved in regulating it.
Silence’s Summary: The Federal Government has no authority over anything medical, or drug related. Remember the Enumerated Powers. Individual States still have that power — REMEMBER NOW — all doctors are licensed by the states, as are all pharmacists.
With that said, please review the simple timeline I’ve provided for you. You folks can come to your own conclusions.
1847: AMA (American Medical Association) Founded
1873: “Events in Alabama were to prove just how effective a well-organized state association could be in achieving its political goals. There, Dr. Jerome Cochran was successful in forging one of the most powerful state medical societies in the country in the space of only four years and of placing the regulation of medical practice under the complete control of Alabama’s organized physicians. In 1873, Cochran molded the remains of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, shattered by the Civil War, into a cohesive and politically effective state guild having as its objective ultimate administrative control over all public health matters in the state.”
1906: Pure Food and Drug Act (Theodore Roosevelt – Republican). Also called the Wiley Act, its purpose was to control, and confiscate, products that had been diluted, or had preservatives added.
1927: A new USDA body, the Food, Drug, and Insecticide organization was created. (C. Coolidge – Republican & a Lawyer)
1930: Food, Drug, and Insecticide agency renamed to FDA, Food and Drug Administration. (H. Hoover – Republican)
1938: Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. (F.D. Roosevelt – Democrat)
1944: Public Health Service Act (F.D. Roosevelt – Democrat)
1951: Amendments to the 1938 FDCA Act (H.S. Truman – Democrat)
1962: More Amendments to the 1938 FDC Act (J.F. Kennedy – Democrat)
1965: Medicare Created. (L.B. Johnson – Democrat)
1966: Medicare takes effect (L.B. Johnson – Democrat)
More FDA Stuff
1966: Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (L.B. Johnson)
1976: Medical Device Regulation Act (J.R. Ford)
1987: Prescription Drug Marketing Act (R.W. Reagan)
1988: Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 (R.W. Reagan)
1990: Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (G.H.W. Bush)
1992: Prescription Drug User Fee Act (G.H.W. Bush)
1994: Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (W.J. Clinton)
1997: Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act (W.J. Clinton)
2002: Bio-Terrorism Act (G.W. Bush)
2002: Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act (G.W. Bush)
2003: Animal Drug User Fee Act (G.W. Bush)
2007: Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (G.W. Bush)
2009: Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
2011: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
2012: Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act
Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Twenty Forth Day of November, in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Nineteen.