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pharmaceutical industry Reference library
The pharmaceutical industry manufactures substances used for medical treatment — especially medicines, but also vaccines, artificial foods, disinfectants, and other ancillary materials. Its products are sold to governments for health services and through wholesale distributors to pharmacies and other shops. In developed countries, medicines are subject to extensive controls. Many can be obtained only on prescription by doctors, while the sale of others is restricted to registered pharmacies. These restrictions have a major influence on the trading practices of the industry....
Pharmaceutical Industry. Reference library
John P. Swann
The American pharmaceutical industry, like its older counterpart in Europe, grew out of the ancient practice of pharmacy, as commercial production gradually superseded the traditional compounding of medications by individuals. The need for medicine chests during the ...