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1 Legal considerations of drugs

2 Objectives Drug standards Pharmacopoeia Food, drug and cosmetic act

3 Why do we need drug standards? Neither doctors nor patients are able to decide among the vast number of drugs available, which ones are safe and effective Since there could be drug manufacturers who do not meet the proper standards it is essential to monitor the drugs in the market This is a responsibility of the government of each country

4 Drug standards Drugs of the same name must have the same strength, quality, and purity All medicines marketed should be licensed by the government

5 Drug license … License is granted after the scientific evaluation of -safety -efficacy -quality A license should specify the clinical indication of the drug A license is only for a limited period (ex- 5 yrs) and renewable there after

6 When were drug standards implemented? Starting from the early 20 th century laws and legislations were formed to maintain drug standards. Ex- 1906 Pure Food & Drug Act 1914 Harrison Narcotic Act

7 A story…. In 1937, S. E. Massengill Company, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, created a preparation of sulfanilamide using diethylene glycol (DEG) as a solvent, and called the preparation "Elixir Sulfanilamide". DEG is poisonous to humans, but Harold Watkins, the company's chief pharmacist and chemist, was not aware of this (although it was known at the time). Watkins simply added raspberry flavoring to the sulfa drug which he had dissolved in DEG and the company then marketed the product.S. E. Massengill Companysulfanilamidediethylene glycolsolvent The company started selling and distributing the medication in September 1937. By October 11, the American Medical Association received a report of several deaths caused by the medication. The Food and Drug. At least 100 deaths were blamed on the medication.American Medical AssociationFood and Drug Congress responded to public outrage by passing the 1938 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which required that companies perform animal safety tests on their proposed new drugs and submit the data to the FDA before being allowed to market their products.

8 Aside from the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 and the Harrison Act of 1914 banning the sale of some narcotic drugs, there was no federal regulatory control ensuring the safety of new drugs until Congress enacted the 1938 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in response to the elixir sulfanilamide poisoning crisis.Pure Food and Drug ActHarrison Act

9 1938 Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act a set of laws passed by Congress in 1938 giving authority to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to oversee the safety of food, drugs, and cosmeticsCongressU.S. Food and Drug Administrationsafety of food The act has been amended many times, most recently to add requirements about bioterrorism preparations.

10 1938 Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act This replaced the 1906 pure drug and food act

11 1938 Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act- contents definition for a food definition for a drug Definition for a medical device definition of a food additive definition of a dietary supplement

12 1938 Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act- contents Prohibited Acts and Penalties -This section contains both civil law and criminal law clauses. Most violations under the act are civil, though repeated, intentional, and faking violations are covered as criminal law.civil lawcriminal law

13 Pharmacopeias

14 It is a book containing directions for the identification and preparation of compound medicines. recognized officially by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act contains descriptions, uses, strengths, and standards of purity for selected drugs and for all of their forms of dosage. published by the authority of a government or a medical or pharmaceutical society.

15 History…. Although older writings exist which deal with herbal medicine, such as Edwin Smith Papyrus in Egypt, and De Materia Medica a five volume book originally written in Greek are considered the major initial works in the field.Edwin Smith PapyrusEgyptMateria Medica The latter is considered to be precursor to all modern pharmacopoeias, and is one of the most influential herbal books in history A number of early pharmacopoeia books were written by Persian physicians Persian physicians

16 Pharmacopeias The first pharmacoepia published under government authority appears to have been that of Nuremberg in 1542Nuremberg1542 There are national pharmacopoeias, like the British and the US pharmacopoeias. All the pharmacopoeias were issued under the authority of government.US International Pharmacopoeia — Increased facilities for travel have brought into greater prominence the importance of an approach to uniformity in the formulae of the more powerful remedies, in order to avoid danger to patients when a prescription is dispensed in a different country from that in which it was written. Attempts have been made by international pharmaceutical and medical conferences for an international pharmacopoeia to be prepared, but, due to national jealousies and the attempt to include too many preparations in it, this has not succeeded

17 Pharmacopeias Due to modern advancements in pharmacology, pharmacopeias need to be updated and edited frequently.

18 Questions….

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