Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco in Britain by Jim Zacune

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P h a r m a c y a n d Poisons A c t , 1 9 3 3 ; P o i s o n s R u l e s , 1 9 7 0 ; Poisons List, 1 9 7 0 ; Cahal, 1 9 7 0 ; D a w t r y , 1 9 6 8 ) . The Medicines A c t , 1 9 6 8 Aside from p o i s o n s , t h e r e are m a n y drugs w h o s e p u r i t y or p o t e n c y are difficult t o assay or w h i c h m i g h t b e t o x i c (or ineffective) unless their p r o d u c t i o n a n d testing is c o n t r o l l e d . T h e general c o n t r o l of t h e r a p e u t i c substances h a s b e e n i n c o r p o r a t e d u n d e r t h e Medicines A c t , 1 9 6 8 .

S u c h regulations can o n l y c o n t r o l substances scheduled in t h e A c t or substances w h i c h t h e U n i t e d N a t i o n s C o m m i s s i o n o n N a r c o t i c Drugs m a y decide t o a d d t o t h e Single C o n v e n t i o n . P a r t IV of t h e A c t defines o t h e r offences u n d e r t h e A c t , such as c o n t r a v e n t i o n of t h e c o n d i t i o n s in a licence. It provides for t h e granting of search w a r r a n t s for premises w h e r e it is reasonably e x p e c t e d t h a t a c o n t r a v e n t i o n of t h e A c t m a y b e f o u n d .

O n e section of t h e i n d u s t r y is comprised of large research-based c o m p a n i e s p r o d u c i n g medicines p r o t e c t e d b y p a t e n t s and m a n u f a c t u r e s ethical p r e p a r a t i o n s . T h e o t h e r section is smaller firms m a k i n g h o u s e h o l d m e d i c i n e s t h a t are publically advertised. T h e r e are s o m e 2 8 6 enterprises m a n u f a c t u r i n g p h a r m a c e u t i c a l p r e p a r a t i o n s in t h e U n i t e d K i n g d o m , b u t 9 0 % of t h e sales are m a d e b y 7 9 firms, of w h i c h 4 1 are foreign subsidiaries (Central Office of I n f o r m a t i o n , 1 9 7 0 ) .

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