Sherley Amendment

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Sherley Amendment 


Legislation passed in the US in 1912 in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in US v Johnson [221 U.S. 488 (1911)] which ruled that the misbranding provisions of the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act only prohibited false statements as to the identity of a drug, but didn’t address false curative or therapeutic claims. 

The Amendment was intended to prevent drug and device manufacturers from making false curative or therapeutic claims and addressed the lack of enforcement related to claims intended to defraud the purchaser, a standard which was difficult to prove.


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