International Conference On Harmonization Of Technical Requirements For Registration Of Pharmaceuticals For Human Use

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Medication, drug, pharmaceutical drug and medicine are a set of terms symbolize to a single meaning, which have many definitions from different sources. Definitions of pharmaceutical quality have been evolving for years. The International Conference on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) has defined drug quality, simply, as “the ability of a product to satisfy stated needs, including identity, strength and purity, without undesired side effects”(Afnan, 2010) The definition of medicine as in pharma journal is “any chemical substance formulated or compounded as single active ingredient or in combination of other pharmacologically active substance, it may be in a separate but packed in a single unit pack as combination product intended for internal, or external or for use in the medical diagnosis, cure, treatment, or prevention of disease” (FDA, 2008; Pharma, 2010). Another definition of Medicines which is “chemical agents which can be used for prevention, alleviation, cure or diagnosis of diseases. Therefore, in contrast to chemical agents, drugs are intended as beneficial substances for treating diseases and maintaining health”(Derendorf, 1995) In Europe, the term is "medicinal product", and it is defined by EU law as: " any substance or combination of substances presented as having properties for treating or preventing disease in human beings; or “ Any
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