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1. any synthetic, semisynthetic, or natural chemical substance used in the treatment, prevention, or diagnosis of disease, or for other medical reasons
2. a chemical substance, esp a narcotic, taken for the pleasant effects it produces
3. drug on the market a commodity available in excess of the demands of the market
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Any substance used internally or externally as a medicine for the treatment, cure, or prevention of a disease.
A narcotic preparation.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


principle of evil. [Zoroastrianism: Leach, 325]
See: Evil
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


The interpretation of drugs in your dreams depends on the relationship you have with drugs in your daily life and whether they are doctor prescribed or not. If you are a drug user, then the drugs are an extension of what you normally do, and you need to look at the other details of your dream to get a good interpretation. However, if you use drugs rarely or never, then this dream could represent a need to get well, to escape from daily stress, and a desire to get quick relief. The drugs could be suggesting a need for healing and getting in balance. Your unconscious mind may be suggesting outrageous things in hopes that you get the message to “have fun, dream dreams, and get out of your own head!” Please keep in mind that the purpose of dreams is to raise our consciousness and to assist us in having better lives. The message in the dream about drug use is most likely not encouraging you to use drugs but it may represent a need to feel better or get better.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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This means that no state or local government will be able to enact any law relating to a mandatory adverse event reporting system for nonprescription drugs or dietary supplements, if it is different from, or in addition to, this federal requirement.
Market watchers say the latest deal may trigger further reorganization in the Japanese pharmaceutical industry as the country's nonprescription drug market is expected not to enjoy robust growth due to the growing popularity of health-food products.
Major pharmaceutical makers' nonprescription drug divisions are expected to face tough business conditions, with health-conscious food and other products gaining popularity, industry analysts said.
The uptick reflects supermarkets' efforts to play a greater role in the nonprescription drug arena.
Technical development and operation services, consumer health products and O-T-C merchandising, fulfillment capabilities and customer care for the nonprescription drug offerings will be provided to the Medco branded online store by drugstore.com.
Last year the nonprescription drug category in the drug, discount and food trade classes advanced 4.7% to $25.77 billion, excluding Wal-Mart.
-- Consumers seeking nonprescription drug products are moving to the discount arena and private label as new items, prescription to over-the-counter switches and advertising for cold medications are helping to keep the entire segment in the black, according to a Kline & Co.
And he added the 26-year-old, who later had a spell at a rehab clinic, knew she was taking nonprescription drugs at her Hollywood home.
That could include adding information to the packaging label and offering mobile applications to help people decide if a drug is right for them.<br />Drugmakers would have to do studies showing those strategies allow consumers to safely pick a drug and use it without medical supervision.<br />Many widely used nonprescription drugs originally were only available by prescription, including allergy treatment Claritin and heartburn remedy Prilosec.
Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs: An Interactive Approach to Self-Care, 19th Edition
The guidance covers household products, including most oral prescription and many nonprescription drugs. The guidance further reports on labeling, drug storage, and the process for including statements regarding CRP labeling.
Market leaders Johnson & Johnson and Bayer retained the top two spots in 2015, maintaining positions they have held for years, Kline said in its "Nonprescription Drugs USA" report.