Last updated on: 4/4/2014 9:31:20 AM PST | Author: ProCon.org
Drug Ads Gallery, 1800s-2014
From the direct-to-consumer prescription drug print ads such as those for Viagra (2010) and Latisse (2009), to early unregulated drug ads for Hamlin's Wizard Oil (1890) and Bonnores Electro Magnetic Bathing Fluid (1881), the galleries below illustrate more than 150 years of American print drug advertising.
A history of drug advertising may be found in our "Prescription Drug Ads Background.” Prescriptions for any drugs were not required until 1951 with the Durham-Humphrey Amendments to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act so some ads printed earlier than 1951 are for drugs that may require a prescription now (for example, Smith Bros. Cough Drops, 1914) or would be outlawed for ingredients like cocaine and heroin (for example, Bayer Heroin Hydrochoride, 1901).