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The Conventional Medical Paradigm
The extraordinary defeat of bacterial infections that had for generations taken the lives of millions worldwide, such as puerperal fever, pneumonia, scarlet fever, meningitis, gonorrhea, and erysipelas led to enormous consumer demand. By the end of the third decade of the Twentieth Century, over 400 manufacturers competed for this enormously lucrative market. Among those producing the drug were unscrupulous purveyors. They manufactured unsafe versions that caused approximately 100 people to be poisoned with diethylene glycol (antifreeze) which had been added to the elixirs said to contain sulfa drugs. Public outrage at the offense led to the passage of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938 and the creation of the Food and Drug Administration.
The new FDA was, from the start, given the mission of ridding the big pharma market of small competitors. The threat of food and drug contamination was largely viewed as the product of small unscrupulous players or those who were more interested in a fast buck than a science based approach to drug creation and sanitation.
The public lather created in favor of miracle drugs received a second and even more extraordinary boost with the creation of penicillin antibiotics. In 1897, French physician Ernest Duchesne was the first to publish an article on the healing properties of penicillin. The Nobel laureate Alexander Fleming while working in his lab in 1928 identified with particularity the appropriate substrate for the growth of effective penicillin and coined the name penicillin.
Penicillin was extraordinarily difficult to produce in a stable dose form. Merck & Company produced the first stabilized, patented version of penicillin in March of 1942. In July 1943, Merck’s penicillin went into mass production for Allied troops in Europe. The drug proved essential to containment of bacteria and to the defeat of infection throughout the conflict and on the allied home front. There were far fewer deaths associated with infectious disease, far fewer amputations, and more rapid recoveries recorded all as a result of the ubiquitous use of penicillin based antibiotics.