- What is a drug? Section 2 of the Food and Drug Act defines a drug as follows:
- "drug" includes any substance or mixture of substances manufactured, sold or represented for use in:
- (a) the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention of a disease, disorder or abnormal physical state, or its symptoms, in human beings or animals,
- (b) restoring, correcting or modifying organic functions in human beings or animals, or
- (c) disinfection in premises in which food is manufactured, prepared or kept;
- Food and Drug Regulations set the standards of composition, strength, potency, purity, quality or other property of drug (and food, as well) to which they refer.
- New drugs must be significantly tested through clinical trials, and approved by the Minister of Health, before they may be sold to the public in Canada.