FDA: A History
The only documentary to tell the story of the first 100 years of the U.S. FDA
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"FDA: A History” is a comprehensive look at the history of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It tells the story of the oldest consumer protection agency in the United States, from its inception in the latter part of the 1800s through the present day. This documentary charts the challenges and scientific advancements of an essential U.S. government agency. Illustrated with original images and never-before-aired footage, the story is told by those who know the FDA best—investigators, historians, authors and employees at all levels of the organization.

“FDA: A History” describes the growth of an agency that remains largely a mystery to the American public. Relying on a foundation in law enforcement and scientific research, the FDA has strived to ensure the safety and effectiveness of many consumer products. The documentary explores how the FDA gathers and disseminates product safety and effectiveness knowledge, while continually working with consumers and the industry. The regulations developed in the past 100 years have rapidly extended into the world market, making the FDA a dominant force in protecting consumers globally.

The FDA response to crisis is a complex process that has been both lauded and sharply criticized over the years. “FDA: A History” seeks to provide an unbiased account of how and why this process is in a state of constant change.  The documentary includes interviews with: Donald Kennedy (former commissioner of the FDA), Peter Barton Hutt (former General Counsel for the FDA), John Villforth and Kathyrn Zoon (former heads of FDA centers), Suzanne White Junod and John Swann (FDA Historians), authors Philip Hilts, Marion Nestle, Daniel Carpenter, FDA investigators and others.


"I was pleased by the level of sophistication you were able to bring."


"I thought it provided an excellent history of the FDA and its predecessors."


"You did an excellent job putting this together and in 82 minutes you captured the FDA culture and responsibilities over the years - and it was interesting to watch."


"You did a wonderful job bringing to life the history and evolution of the regulations and what has become today's FDA. The interviews and images make it both interesting and engaging and really help the viewer appreciate the interrelationship between the Agency and the social, political, and biomedical climate in the US over the past 100 years."


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