In 1950, the U.S. Court of Appeals rules that the directions for use on a drug label must include the drug’s purpose. When the Durham-Humphrey Amendment was passed, the sale of these drugs must be prescription only by a medical professional. If there is no prescription, those drugs cannot be bought, only over the counter drugs can be bought without a prescription.
In 1982, FDA issues Tamper-resistant Packaging Regulations to prevent poisonings after many deaths from cyanide placed in Tylenol capsules. Congress passes the Federal AntiTampering Act in 1983, making it a crime to tamper with packaged consumer products.
60% of all Americans took at least one prescription drug in 2012. Pharmacy technicians serve a growing role in our health care system. They dispense medication, counsel patients on the use of medication and advise patients about general health topics.
Now, you might be asking, "So how did regulation change the Pharmacy Industry as we know it?
Benefits of Regulation: 1. Companies must prove safety of drugs. The extensive research limits the dangerous consequences of untested drugs. 2. Consumers are protected under FDA regulations. 3. Increased public awareness and education regarding misuse and over-prescribing drugs. 4. Narcotic drugs are less accessible for the public. Disadvantages of Regulation: 1. It takes 3-4 years longer in the US to be made than in Europe because of the strict FDA regulations. 2. Costs are much higher. 3. FDA can be corrupt. 4. With the longer approval time, many die during this waiting period.
Medicine is uniform across the country instead of being unique to each store. Clients now know the risks of taking medicine. Medicine is not corrupted with other harmful ingredients . Prescription medicines must have bar codes.