Cutter Laboratories, Inc. (Specimen)

Cutter Laboratories, Inc. (Specimen)
Item# 4286cutter

In 1955, Cutter Laboratories (of Berkeley, California) was one of several companies licensed by the United States government to produce Salk polio vaccine. In what came to be known as the Cutter Incident, a production error caused some lots of the Cutter vaccine to be tainted with live polio virus. The problem had not only been the carelessness of the Cutter company, but the lack of scrutiny from the NIH Laboratory of Biologics Control (and its excessive trust in the polio foundation reports). The Cutter incident was one of the worst pharmaceutical disasters in U.S. history and caused several thousand children to be exposed to live polio virus upon vaccination. The NIH Laboratory of Biologics Control, which had certified the Cutter polio vaccine, had received advance warnings of problems: in 1954, staff member Dr. Bernice Eddy had reported to her superiors that some of the inoculated monkeys had become paralyzed (pictures were sent as well). William Sebrell, the director of NIH wouldn't hear of such a thing.

In 1973, the Rhinechem Corporation acquired all shares of Cutter Laboratories, Inc., and four years later Miles Laboratories absorbed Cutter Laboratories to form Cutter Miles Laboratories. Cutter-Miles was then bought out by the Bayer Pharmaceutical Company.

Certificate: Common Stock, specimen, 1970s

Printer: American Bank Note Company

Dimensions: 8 (h) x 12 (w)

State: CA-California

Subject Matter: Pharmaceutical Companies | Specimen Pieces

Vignette Topic(s): Company Logo Featured

Condition: No fold lines, punch hole and stamp cancels in the signature areas and body, very crisp.

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