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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Museum of Illegal, Dangerous and Quackery Products

The Federal Drug Administration keeps an interesting collection of nasty pills, food, cosmetics, medical devices, and other assorted quackery that have defrauded, injured, killed, and/or maimed the American public. They were all available before the FDA had them removed from the marketplace. Some "artifacts" include:

• Pillsbury Blueberry Pancake Mix: 1959 box had no blueberries
• Hemorr-Ice: a refrigerated thumb-sized plastic cylinder to treat hemroids
• Lash Lure: synthetic aniline eyelash dye that blinded many women in the 1930s
• Lady Ample: bogus bust developer
• Waist Whittler: a squeezing belt for fat ladies of the 60’s
• Acupuncture Pants: underwear with embedded magnets to supposedly increase male potency
• Shoe Fluoroscope: used by shoe stores to x-ray customer’s feet
• Elixir Sulfanilamide and Kevadon (thalidomide): drugs that killed or maimed many patients in this country and thereby revolutionized drug laws in 1938 and 1962

FDA Museum of Dangerous Products & Devices

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