Food And Drug Administration ( Fda )

871 Words Aug 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the definition of a drug includes the following; “a substance recognized by an official pharmacopoeia or formulary. A substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. A substance (other than food) intended to affect the structure or any function of the body. A substance intended for use as a component of a medicine, but not a device or a component, part or accessory of a device. Biological products are included within this definition and are generally covered by the same laws and regulations, but differences exist regarding their manufacturing processes (chemical process versus biological process)” (F.D.A. 2012).
Making medications safe, efficacious and affordable have been a long lime pursuit by the US government, pharmaceutical industries and advocacy groups and ordinary citizens of the US. This responsibility started with regulations of vaccines in early 19th century by the government. At the time infectious disease was a major killer in the whole world and vaccines have been proven to be effective in combating infectious. However, the techniques and standards available today were not available then but some sort of regulation still needed to be put in place to ensure safety.
After over a century following the vaccines act, some progress was made as regards drug policies and making medication safer amongst which includes the pure food and drug act of 1906 which is…
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