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Take Our FDA Centennial Quiz

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1. Who was FDA commissioner in the early 1990s when new food labeling rules required a “Nutrition Facts” box on many foods?

a. Mark McClellan

b. David Kessler

c. Frank Young

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2. What drug, marketed in 1937 before safety testing was required, was responsible for the deaths of more than 100 people?

a. Elixir Sulfanilamide

b. Dr. Lindley’s Epilepsy Remedy

c. Liquozone

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3. About what drug, first approved in 1960, did an FDA advisory committee once note that “never would so many people take such a potent drug voluntarily over such a long period for a reason other than to cure disease”?

a. extra-strength pain relievers

b. long-acting cough syrup

c. birth control pill

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4. In what decade were amendments passed to food and drug law that made FDA responsible for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of medical devices?

a. 1950s

b. 1960s

c. 1970s

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5. Amendments to food and drug law in 1960 required manufacturers to establish the safety of what kind of additives to foods, drugs, and cosmetics?

a. color

b. preservatives

c. emulsifiers

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6. In 1985, FDA approved the first test aimed at protecting blood recipients from infection by what virus?

a. hepatitis C


c. West Nile

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7. Who was the crusading chemist who was later credited as the "father" of the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act for his staunch advocacy of passage of a federal law governing interstate shipment of food and drug products?

a. Charles A. Browne

b. Carl L. Alsberg

c. Harvey W. Wiley

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8. Laetrile, determined to be ineffective and possibly deadly, was promoted in the 1970s and 1980s as a cure for what disease?

a. cancer

b. tuberculosis

c. diabetes

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9. In 2003, FDA established a working group to develop an action plan for dealing with what national public health problem?

a. counterfeit drugs

b. obesity

c. "mad cow disease"

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10. The Bureau of Chemistry, an early version of what later became FDA, was a part of what federal department?

a. Agriculture

b. Labor

c. Treasury

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